Project

Woolpit Health Centre

Brief

We were required to carry out quantity surveying and contract administration services.

The client did not have the internal capacity to carry out quantity surveying and contract administration services to RIBA stage 5. We were selected to undertake these areas of work to alleviate pressure on the client.

Key Info

Type:
Refurbishment, Remodelling, Extension

Value:
£450k

Location:
Woolpit, Suffolk

Contractor:
Seamans

Client:
Woolpit Health Centre

End User:
Woolpit Health Centre

Duration:
9 months

Disciplines:
Quantity Surveying + Cost Consultancy

Scope

It was necessary for this project to include a ventilation and air conditioning strategy.

We provided support to the health centre by assisting the design team to create a CQC compliant building. An early discussion with the contractor, lead designer and client enabled us to realise quickly there were issues with some of the specialist design elements. Being part of a multi-disciplinary unit, we were able to provide the resource required to resolve the problems and complete the design quickly and cost-effectively. We were able to prove this by market testing the quotations we provided for the additional design elements.

Due to the project being at a live doctors’ surgery, the health provision needed to be maintained throughout. This made access difficult. We overcame this by adding a preliminary phase to resolve the access route issues and liaising closely with the contractor and client to replan the works. The original programme dates were still maintained. Furthermore, we assisted in rearranging the health centre’s activities to maximise the use of available space. The works were coordinated with planned holidays to minimise disruption and ensure continuity.

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Result

Our team helped the client gain additional funding and cost savings.

By maintaining a positive working relationship during this challenging project and through negotiations with the contractor and design team, including an analysis of the key areas of design, we have provided significant benefits. These include saving approximately 10% of the build costs in the reduced extension of time claims, avoiding abortive works and reductions in variations. We delivered more than our original role asked of us to achieve both value and quality.

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Project

Woodbridge Fire Station

Brief

With the vision to extend and improve Woodbridge Fire Station, we were initially asked to undertake a feasibility study for Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service and Suffolk Constabulary.

Once this had been completed, we were commissioned to undertake and complete the option chosen.

Key Info

Location:
Woodbridge, Suffolk

Client:
Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service and
Suffolk Constabulary

Project Completion:
May 2015

Disciplines:
Architecture, Interior Architecture, Building Services Design, Landscape Architecture, Project Management, Quantity Surveying + Cost Consultancy, Structural + Civil Engineering

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Scope

The team assessed and studied a number of architectural, mechanical, electrical, structural, quantity surveying and landscape options for the improvements and extension – and a report was developed.

The report also considered any issues relating to planning, site access and land ownership. Following the feasibility report, all options presented by Concertus were considered and option 2 was progressed, with plans being agreed and funding being secured for the extension.

We continued work on the provision of an extension to accommodate the Police Safer Neighbourhood Team. This included a refurbishment of the existing building to upgrade the existing facilities for the retained fire station, the provision of a new communications room, and the addition of a new garage for the ancillary vehicle.

Testimonial

“The improved Woodbridge Fire Station is a brilliant example of collaboration between Suffolk Fire & Rescue and Suffolk Constabulary, and Concertus has played a major role in achieving this. The two services now share emergency services property and facilities, enabling them to work jointly and operate in a more cost effective way.”

Annett Thompson, Senior Project Manager, Concertus

Result

The Woodbridge Community Fire Station project has highlighted how benefits can be achieved through bringing together blue light services in Suffolk.

The integrated partnership approach creates long-term financial savings for both parties and secures the continued provision of each public sector service in Woodbridge and the surrounding area.

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