Project

Skyliner Sports

Centre

Brief

The project comprised the construction of the new Skyliner Sports Centre adjacent to the Sybil Andrews Academy.

The new building provides sports facilities for both the Academy and for use by the general public. The scheme also included the provision of new external MUGA pitch facilities.

The accommodation provided includes a new sports hall, dance studios, gym, changing areas, equipment storage facilities, reception areas and plant space. The building incorporates a Biomass facility serving both the Sports Centre and the adjacent School.

Key Info

Type:
New Build

Value:
£6.5 million

Location:
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Client:
Suffolk County Council

End User:
Abbeycroft Leisure, Sybil Andrews Academy

Contractor:
Barnes Construction

Completion:
December 2016

Disciplines:
Architecture, Building Services Design, Estates + Development Management, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Project Management, Quantity Surveying + Cost Consultancy

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Scope

The building was constructed using a two storey steel framed structure with an insulated structural roof deck finished with a single ply roofing membrane.

The external envelope of the building was formed using a Metsec lightweight steel structural framing system set between the steel frame and clad externally with a decorative Rockpanel rainscreen cladding system. Internally, a specialist non-slip vinyl type floor was installed within the Sports Hall with timber sprung floors being provided in the Dance Studio and Gym areas.

Externally, hard pavings and a MUGA pitch with floodlighting formed part of the project in addition to drainage and new mains services.

Testimonial

“It’s been great to watch the development of a new first class sports facility here to support the new growing community at Moreton Hall alongside the recently opened Sybil Andrews Academy building. Pupils will really benefit from access to the full range of sports equipment and facilities as well as local people who can sign up for membership.”

Cllr Gordon Jones, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member (Children’s Services, Education and Skills)

Result

The sports centre will be managed by Abbeycroft Leisure, who also manage 18 other leisure facilities across Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Located on the site of the Sybil Andrews Academy, on Rougham Tower Avenue in Bury St Edmunds, the centre is a partnership project with a 45 station, state of the art gym, two fitness studios, a four badminton court sports hall and an outdoor 3G all weather pitch. From the start of the project the aim has always been to have a school which has wider links with the community through shared use of leisure facilities.

The sports centre will be open to the public every day, with some shared daytime use of the sports hall by the Academy. There will be an extensive group exercise class programme every day including the popular Les Mills classes and various children’s activities during term time plus a ‘Schools Out’ programme.

Designed by Concertus and built by Barnes Construction, the project to develop the Academy and the adjoining sports facility has been a joint venture between West Suffolk Council, Suffolk County Council, Abbeycroft Leisure and Samuel Ward Trust.

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Project

Hollingwood Hub

Brief

The existing lock house, at the time of the brief, had been vacant since 1967 and fallen into disrepair.

As part of the regeneration of the Chesterfield Canal, the Canal Trust raised funding to create a visitor centre, café, offices and a small exhibition space. The existing lock house, gifted to the Trust as part of the curtilage of the canal, had been vacant since 1967 and fallen into disrepair. As the building is of historical importance, the Trust sought to retain the building.

Key Info

Type:
Refurbishment, Remodelling, Extension

Value:
£500k

Location:
Hollingwood, Chesterfield

Contractor:
Balfour Beatty

Client:
Chesterfield Canal Trust

End User:
Chesterfield Canal Trust, public

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

Scope

Having completed the initial feasibility, our team were awarded the contract for the design and build project.

The existing lock house was stripped back to a bare shell, cast iron cavity wall ties were replaced throughout, roof timbers and flooring were replaced, and a new extension was provided to house a café and exhibition space. Offices for the Canal Trust are now within the lock house.

The site presented challenges as it had a height restriction (below a pylon), was contaminated and there were drainage issues which resulted in unforeseen costs. Our value engineering works reduced these costs significantly and ensured the works met the tight budget. We also made sure the costs to run the building would be kept to a minimum by using natural ventilation, installing energy-efficient boilers and designing the roof to enable solar panels to be fitted in the future (when funding was available).

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Result

Local history groups enjoy using the building and there are regular visitors to this community hub.

Chesterfield Canal Trust were very pleased with the end result which was delivered within their time frame. This new facility has allowed them to raise additional funds as well as raising awareness.

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Project

The Stevenson

Centre

Brief

The client wanted us to create a vibrant community hub that the local residents could be proud of.

The Stevenson Centre was in desperate need of refurbishment to bring it up to modern standards. The principal aims of building this fit for purpose amenity were to strengthen community cohesion, encourage the development of community services and support the health and wellbeing of the local community.

Along with our support, the Parish Council submitted a planning application and received planning permission to extend and improve the centre. However, there was insufficient funding to proceed with the scheme. In 2017 we were asked to pick up the project again to investigate funding sources, progress the design and proceed to tender to enable firm costings to be established.

Key Info

Type:
Extension, Feasibility, Remodelling

Value:
£430k

Location:
Great Cornard, Suffolk

Client:
Great Cornard Parish Council

End User:
Great Cornard Parish Council, the public

Contractor:
SEH French

Duration:
28 weeks

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

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Scope

Close collaboration with the Parish Council Steering Group enabled the centre to remain open throughout the duration of the construction works.

Our team were asked to project manage the delivery of this project. This included the management of the consultancy team and all stages of the project (from inception to completion). We carried out significant research, including user surveys and investigation into funding streams, with the Centre Manager. We also assisted with the funding bids and successfully secured grant funding which resulted in the client being able to expand the extent of the works. Funding for the project was provided by the earmarked funds put aside by the Parish Council, a Public Works Loan Board loan and grant contributions from the Great Cornard Town Land Charity, The National Lottery – Big Lottery Fund, Babergh District Council Grant Aid – Community Projects and Lord Belstead Trust. These generous grants allowed this key community hub to become a great facility for the growing Great Cornard population.

Throughout the project, we worked with the Parish Council Steering Group to tailor the design to their needs and to meet the budget available. The completed design package was sent to tender via the Suffolk Construction Framework and five tenders were received. Having evaluated the tenders, we provided a Tender Analysis Report. This report identified potential value engineering to the works to match the funding available. Working with the steering group, a list of priorities was identified which allowed works to be added back into the contract if further funding became available. The contract was awarded to SEH French and work commenced in April 2018.

The client was given accurate monthly progress and cost updates during the works which allowed them to make informed decisions and be fully involved in every step of the project. Essential to the success of the project was the close working relationship with the Centre Manager, the Project Manager and the Construction Manager on site.

Testimonial

“This project has been an excellent example of teamwork and collaborative working. It has been very well managed by the client, the contractor and the consultant.”

Tony Bavington, Chair of Policy and Resources Committee, Great Cornard Parish Council

Result

The project was delivered on time and to the budget.

The extension and refurbishment of The Stevenson Centre has created a fit for purpose community amenity which serves a population of over 10,000. The extension to the main building houses a large community room, kitchenette, two further meeting rooms, additional storage space and toilet facilities.

A wide variety of classes and community group sessions are held at the centre on a regular basis. These include stroke support, weight management, arts and crafts and table tennis. In the first six months after completion of works, there has been a substantial increase in the number and variety of organisations using the centre. This was the fundamental aim of the Parish Council at the start of the project.

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Project

Felixstowe

Seafront Gardens

Brief

The project involved a major one kilometre long park enhancement, which included surrounding streetscape improvement works.

The Suffolk seaside town of Felixstowe has a fantastic tourist trade. Attracting people from the local area and further afield, one of its greatest assets, publicly-owned Felixstowe Seafront Gardens, had fallen into disrepair. However, in 2011, Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC) started a £4.8 million rejuvenation project as part of a town-wide regeneration programme with match funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Parks for People programme, in awarding the funding, placed strict criteria on the scheme, for example on measures to increase the range of audiences, the number of volunteers involved and their knowledge and skills. These measures were aimed at improving management and maintenance and the overall heritage value.

Key Info

Type:
Regeneration

Value:
£4.8 million

Location:
Felixstowe, Suffolk

Client:
Suffolk Coastal District Council

End User:
The public

Contractor:
Breheny Civil Engineering Ltd

Completion:
November 2015

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

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Scope

Works included encouraging ecological biodiversity and replanting the historic Edwardian planting scheme.

The regeneration project included the following works:

  • Restoration of two historic pavilions and water features.
  • Resurfacing the path network and improving access.
  • Installation of a heritage trail with community-generated artwork.
  • Interpretation panels and wayfinding to improve the legibility of the gardens.
  • Restoration of the historic rockwork walls.
  • Improving security by installing light fittings and CCTV cameras.
  • Rationalising street furniture and recreating historic seating.
  • Installing a new timber-framed shelter.

 

The project has also enhanced the setting of a redundant theatre, the Spa Pavilion, which sits adjacent to the gardens and reopened in November 2015. The design of the circulation space and studio hall with a lower flat roof ensures the scale is appropriate and not overbearing. The use of curtain glazing helps provide visual separation between the two main parts of the development.

Testimonial

“We are so pleased to see the completion of this unique project in Felixstowe. Since the gardens reopened, we’ve had a great response from local people and tourists visiting the area. We’ve already seen more people using them and the addition of lighting in the gardens means visitors are able to enjoy the gardens on winter evenings.”

TJ Haworth-Culf, Suffolk Coastal Cabinet Member for Customers (Community and Leisure)

Result

The gardens are once again an attractive and much needed community area.

Occupying a prime site along the cliffs and complementary to the beach and sea, the gardens are enjoyed by visitors and residents of all ages – from young families playing and picnicking on the grass areas and professionals taking a lunchtime stroll, to health-conscious enthusiasts who use the network of paths and steps to improve fitness.

Also, the gardens are accessible, enabling local people with impaired mobility and elderly residents to enjoy the restored space. Tourists are also enjoying the gardens once again, with a wide range of organised holiday tours, associations and groups making frequent visits.

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Project

Hyde Hall

Brief

The client asked us to provide two separate buildings on the site of the existing farm buildings and restaurant/café area.

We were employed to deliver the concept design, provide technical specification and drawings for construction.

We were tasked with making the concept design a reality for Brooks & Wood Ltd and their client, the Royal Horticultural Society.

Key Info

Type:
New Build

Value:
£4.25 million

Location:
Rettendon, Essex

Duration:
12 months

Client:
Brooks & Wood Ltd

End User:
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)

Contractor:
Brooks & Wood Ltd

Disciplines:
Architecture, Landscape Architecture

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Scope

One building needed to provide a learning centre and the other to house a restaurant and activity barn.

The learning centre was designed to be light and airy with the ability to provide pedagogy for the Royal Horticultural Society. The buildings required direct and easy links to the outside teaching spaces. The concept design for the external teaching areas was provided by Adam Frost. Our Landscape team were tasked with the production of detailed design information and to make comment/revise areas of concern with regard to flow and building regulations approval.

The second building needed to house a restaurant and events barn. This building is located at the top of a hill with fantastic views of the surrounding Essex countryside. Large glazed sections were used to provide an ‘inside out’ feeling within the space. A glu-laminated frame was used to add grandeur and provide focal points with the aspect of the roof. The building was clad in timber that flowed down the walls and onto decked areas. The external paving also followed the internal floor finishes providing clean lines through the building.

The services we provided were Architectural and Landscape.

Testimonial

“Concertus are unique in their ability to offer a multitude of services under one umbrella. This subsequently enabled expediency in design as well as detailing that surpassed the client’s expectations. As a team, we were able to produce a stunning building that the public will be able to enjoy for many years to come.”

Stuart Boardley, Director, Brooks & Wood Ltd

Result

A high level of detail was required to deliver the striking buildings.

Using a similar palette of materials for both buildings (for example the zinc on the roofs) enabled the buildings to be linked. The clean lines and clear views created through internal and external detailing juxtapose with the hard-metallic lines of the zinc walls and roofs. The softer, more organic nature of the external landscape links with the oak clad restaurant and barn building.

The timescales were very tight from appointment to delivery. Through close coordination with the design professions, we were able to maintain the programme and deliver a successful project.

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Project

The Ness

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 in their heritage.

Key Info

Type:
Project Management

Value:
£774k

Location:
Lowestoft, Suffolk

Duration:
12 months

Client:
East Suffolk Council

Contractor:
Blakedown Landscapes

End User:
Lowestoft Town Council, the Public

Disciplines:
Project Management, Quantity Surveying + Cost Consultancy

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Scope

We managed the procurement of both the Landscape Architect and the Contractor.

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.

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.

Testimonial

“Concertus have worked diligently to manage the costs, designs and the overall budget.”

Richard Best, Communities Project Manager, East Suffolk Council

Result

Proactive management meant that works could continue during the Covid-19 disruption.

By liaising closely with the client and contractor, supply chain issues were proactively managed, ensuring that the works could continue during this difficult period.

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Project

The Hold

Brief

Our client has asked for a flagship heritage facility to hold Suffolk’s archives securely and provide a welcome facility for the public.

This project aims to contribute in a positive manner to the regeneration of the Ipswich waterfront area. As Employer’s Agent we worked closely with the client and end users to understand fully their requirements and key project risks from an early stage. This working relationship has continued throughout all stages of the project.

Key Info

Type:
Business Case, New Build, Demolition

Value:
£16 million

Location:
Ipswich, Suffolk

Duration:
85 weeks

Client:
Suffolk County Council – Adult and Community Services

Contractor:
R G Carter

Completion:
July 2020

Disciplines:
Building Surveying, Client Design Advisor, Interior Architecture

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Scope

The Client Advisor’s roles and responsibilities were delivered via a multi-disciplinary team, ensuring all aspects of the project were supported.

Due to the funding arrangements we undertook a careful review of the project finances and assisted with applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund. We established rigorous cost control procedures and ensured the design was strictly monitored against the agreed cost plan. Any difficulties have been rectified and the approved cost limit has been maintained. We also attended the Heritage Lottery Fund monitoring meetings every three months to provide updates on the project and its progress.

The location of the project (on a live university site) resulted in making recommendations to the client on the need for site investigations and holding engagement sessions with all parties that would be affected by the project. We carried on these regular meetings with the Design and Construction team, the client and stakeholders (Suffolk County Council and the university) throughout the works over the three years to keep everyone updated and informed of progress.

Through our role as Employer’s Agent we have steered the project and supported the client through challenges associated with funding and a tight urban site within the centre of Ipswich. We have ensured the project execution plan has been followed and the project was in line with the employer’s requirements, as well as meeting the client’s expectations of a new flagship public building. As Client Design Advisor we were appointed to review independently the proposals put forward by the design team. We needed to make sure the Design and Build Contractor met the client’s employer requirements and complied with necessary legislation.

During the Stage 3 submission we identified some areas of the design which had insufficient detail to enable the client to sign off the work stage and progress the design. We presented a report to the client which proved the design team needed to provide revised information. This removed client risk and potential claims for an additional cost at a later date.

The Hold Ipswich Yellow Staircase
The Hold, Ipswich Space

Testimonial

“The support from Concertus for The Hold has been outstanding; from initial feasibility through to construction and fit-out, they have helped us every step of the way, fulfilling multiple roles and ensuring the project’s success. The end result is a stunning addition to both the Ipswich waterfront and Suffolk’s heritage assets.”

Amy Rushton, Programme Manager, The Hold

Result

The Hold will be the headquarters for the county’s records office and will allow the public to explore 900 years of national and international archive material.

Despite delays to the project as a result of COVID-19, construction progressed well to ensure the university facilities were ready for the return of students in September 2020. The new seminar rooms and 200-seat lecture theatre have provided the University of Suffolk with extra teaching spaces for the increasing number of students. In addition to housing state-of-the-art university facilities, The Hold will be the headquarters for the county’s records office and will allow the public to explore 900 years of national and international archive material. From 28th September the public were able to access the exhibition gallery, archive-inspired displays, shop, café, toilets and changing facilities. This unique purpose-built facility has helped to regenerate the waterfront area and will benefit the local community and future generations.

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