BOARDING HOUSE REDEVELOPMENT, GRESHAM’S SCHOOL
Project: Boarding House Redevelopment
Client: Gresham’s School
Services provided: Feasibility Study, Project Management, Quantity Surveying and Principal Designer
Contract value: £2.5m
The School identified that the accommodation in one of its boarding houses required upgrading. Daniel Connal Partnership was appointed to prepare a feasibility study to examine a number of refurbishment & rebuilding options.
Assembling a professional team, DCP prepared a feasibility study examining how the works might be phased and programmed to maintain accommodation for seventy students during term time. We produced cost estimates and identified the advantages, disadvantages and risks of each option to support our recommendation of an architectural solution.
Following the client’s acceptance of our recommendation, DCP was appointed to project manage the scheme and provide quantity surveying and principal designer services. We identified the surveys and investigations necessary for planning permission and design development, subsequently fulfilling a risk management and cost planning role as the design progressed. The planning process including meeting with the planners both pre-application and pre-determination and we negotiated the conditions that were to be applied in relation to timescales of the works.
Having achieved planning permission, DCP managed the design development which included enabling works involving English Nature protected species licences and notifiable asbestos removal.
We monitored the design team’s output and held workshops with stakeholders and occupiers on interior layouts, fittings and finishes and instigated value engineering exercises to bring costs back in line with the cost plan. During all stages, regular management reports were presented to the board of governors providing updates on statutory approvals, design development, costs, risks and programme.
DCP produced tender documents, identified and selected suitable contractors and managed a tender process which involved a contractor being selected on the basis of price and perceived quality, to achieve the aims of the project.
The particular challenge on this project was undertaking a major construction project on a very constrained site, with young people in residence which raised health & safety and safeguarding issues. Our assiduous programme and financial management, together with close liaison with the school’s representatives ensured the successful completion of the project.