Risk Leadership – implementing a risk strategy that works

Risk Leadership – implementing a risk strategy that works

Every project needs to proactively manage risk to ensure it’s success and achieve the project objectives.  Risk leadership is vital to foreseeing challenges and putting an action plan in place should issues manifest.  See our guide on how to implement a risk strategy that works. Risk leadership – implementing a risk strategy that works from Clarkson...
3D videos give stakeholders a clearer insight into Rose Hill’s new community centre

3D videos give stakeholders a clearer insight into Rose Hill’s new community centre

Two new videos of Rose Hill Community Centre have been released giving better visualisation to stakeholders of the final project. The £3million new build centre in South Oxford was designed using Building Information Modelling (BIM.) BIM enables the creation of a 3D digital model. By using a model to link the different aspects of design, the project can be understood in a much clearer way. For example, it is easier to understand a model of an architect’s design than interpreting what it will look like from a 2D drawing. The project feels more tangible because you can create “walkthroughs” giving a first-hand experience of being able to move through the building. Until recently a walk through model has been available but the two new videos provide a more engaging three dimensional feel so stakeholders have a more realistic experience. The models were created by Qoda Consulting, acting as BIM coordinators on the...
Restoration of 18th Century Mill sees return of traditional bread making to Sacrewell Farm

Restoration of 18th Century Mill sees return of traditional bread making to Sacrewell Farm

With Sacrewell Farm officially reopening on Saturday 18th July, the restoration project has drawn interest both locally and further afield. The Mill House and the restoration of the Water Mill are of national importance as one of the top 8% listed buildings in the country. The Water Mill has potential roots back to the times of the Domesday book – it is believed to be one of the three Water Mills mentioned in the historical volume. Our work to restore the Water Mill and turn it into a centre of Milling Excellence has meant that visitors can now learn to bake bread using traditional methods as well as taking part in the many educational activities planned for the new facility. Nene Living covers the project in July’s issue. To learn more about the history behind this Heritage Lottery funded project, find out more about its careful restoration and the future plans for the Mill, please see the full article. View article: http://issuu.com/bestlocalliving/docs/nljuly15/33...
Black Cultural Archives recognised as overall winner of New London Awards 2015

Black Cultural Archives recognised as overall winner of New London Awards 2015

Today there’s been an excited buzz in the office after one of our high profile projects – the Black Cultural Archives won its category and overall winner at the New London Awards 2015 (NLA). The awards are part of a programme of events organised by New London Architecture to celebrate, recognise and reward the best in architecture, planning and development in London. Needless to say we were thrilled to hear the project won its category “award for conservation and retrofit” and then elated to hear it was presented as the overall winner across all the categories. This is a fitting and richly deserved tribute to the work that the entire team at Black Cultural Archives and all the stakeholders put in to deliver a truly remarkable project. This accomplishment is even more exceptional given the extremely competitive field of other high calibre entries. The project itself was a grade II listed building in Brixton which was transformed in a £6.5m development to create a brand new heritage centre, the first national black heritage centre. Since completion, almost a year to the day, it has been highly acclaimed for uniting the community and providing a platform for the history and story of people of African and Caribbean descent in UK society. We were extremely proud of the teamwork and collaboration which was achieved during this project, we had a complex brief to amalgamate a collection of over 1000 precious artefacts that were spread out in various locations and bring everything under one roof. Significantly the project received Heritage Lottery funding and we worked hard with the team to qualify at...
Change Management – leading people

Change Management – leading people

Embarking on a construction project requires change management.  Change is inevitable and can happen for a number of reasons.  Some causes are positive such as the identification of new business opportunities; some are reactive – the realisation of a risk such as discovery of asbestos or a change in legislation; some are negative – poor communication or incorrect information at project planning stages, are examples.   Follow our guide on how to lead people through the change management process. Change management – leading people from Clarkson...