The Ness

“Concertus have worked diligently to manage the costs, designs and the overall budget.” – Richard Best, Communities Project Manager, East Suffolk Council

The Brief:
The client asked us to help develop an area of Lowestoft (Ness Point) with the aim of enticing tourists. Our Project Management and Quantity Surveying skills were called upon to assist with this plan. Ness Point is the most easterly point in the UK and the community wanted to feel pride for their heritage.

The Scope:
Specific outputs for our Project Management team included overseeing the project management for the design and construction phases, attending regular partner engagement meetings and steering group meetings, preparing progress reports and ensuring the project’s aspirations were met within the budget. We managed the procurement of both the Landscape Architect and the Contractor.

Our Quantity Surveyors provided support with the tendering process for the appointment of the Building Contractor. This included preparing tender documents, managing the clarifications from the contractors, analysing the tender returns and reporting to the joint board of East Suffolk Council and Lowestoft Town Council.
The Quantity Surveying team also prepared a schedule of works and created a cost report to assist the Architect and ensure the design came within the tight budget.

Other duties we undertook were collaborating with the Environmental Engineers to prepare the Soil Remediation Report for the site, liaising with Suffolk Wildlife Trust and advising on the funding expenditure.

Our previous experience on the Felixstowe Seafront Gardens project, working with East Suffolk Council, provided valuable knowledge and benefited this project.

The Result:
Works were delayed due to disruptions in the supply chain, as a result of COVID19, but by liaising closely with the client and contractor these issues have been proactively managed to ensure the works could continue during this difficult period.


Photography: James Bass Photography