Two Clarkson Alliance Projects Named as Regional Finalists in 2017 Civic Trust Awards

Two Clarkson Alliance Projects Named as Regional Finalists in 2017 Civic Trust Awards

Rose Hill Community Centre and Sacrewell Farm recognised in European Built Environment Awards Clarkson Alliance’s project delivery expertise has been recognised by 2017 Civic Trust Awards, the longest running independent built environment awards scheme in Europe. New build Rose Hill Community Centre in Oxford and Heritage Lottery funded restoration project, Sacrewell Mill in Peterborough, beat over 100 other projects to go forward to the national finals.  Clarkson Alliance provided project management and cost management services for both projects. Established in 1959, the awards honour projects that significantly benefit the community, considers inclusive and accessible design and are also sustainable. Rose Hill Community Centre, Oxford Clarkson Alliance took Oxford City Council’s objectives of combining three community services under one roof and developed them into tangible outcomes.  OCC’s aim was to galvanise the community around the new centre as a cornerstone of the estate’s regeneration. Clarkson Alliance introduced 3D digital modelling to the project making it easier for stakeholders to visualise the scheme. With a clear understanding of the proposals, the project benefitted from the community’s input to tailor the design to closely meet their needs. We took an active role in leading the complex stakeholder discussions to encourage a large number of the local community to feel really engaged in the project and consequently vote for a new building to be constructed, compared to refurbishing the existing centre. The final building is an open and welcoming environment which encourages integration and makes efficient use of space.  Our post contract control expertise enabled the objectives to be achieved within budget. The usage of the centre grew by 1000 fold within the first...
Wrexham leisure centres plan refurbishment which reduces borough’s carbon emissions by 400 tonnes p.a.

Wrexham leisure centres plan refurbishment which reduces borough’s carbon emissions by 400 tonnes p.a.

Two leisure centres in Wrexham aim to increase participation by residents and reduce energy consumption thanks to a partnership between Wrexham County Borough Council, Freedom Leisure, Clarkson Alliance and Leisure Energy. The refurbishment project at Waterworld and Chirk Leisure Centres plan to provide a greater diversity of activities to draw in a wider demographic, reduce inactivity and improve the wellbeing of residents. One of the desired outcomes of the project is to reduce energy consumption. The long hours and specific energy needs of a leisure centre mean that utilities are the second largest overhead. Apart from the obvious environmental impact, savings created from reduced usage can be reinvested back into the centres, which is an attractive prospect for Local Authorities with limited budgets. The new alterations will reduce energy by 400 tonnes p.a. which is equivalent to the energy needed to power 150 new 3 bedroom houses each year. The projects are the fourth and fifth Freedom Leisure has partnered with Clarkson Alliance for in Wales. The leisure operator also took over the leisure centres in the Powys area last year which are also being upgraded. In our capacity as design, project and cost managers Clarkson Alliance has been working closely with Freedom Leisure and Wrexham County Borough Council to define their outcomes and design a scheme to fulfil them. The project at Chirk is on schedule to complete in July 2017 and Waterworld Wrexham will also be completed during autumn 2017.  Clarkson Alliance is also providing Principal Designer services. “As we continue our expansion into Wales, we’re working on providing residents with wider and improved leisure options that...
Sacrewell Farm Heritage Project is Finalist in RICS Awards 2016 Grand Final

Sacrewell Farm Heritage Project is Finalist in RICS Awards 2016 Grand Final

A Mill House in the country’s top 8% of listed buildings, is a finalist in the national RICS Awards 2016 Grand Final at London Hilton on Friday 14th October. The £1.8million project at Sacrewell Farm in Peterborough, part of the William Scott Abbott Trust (WSAT), is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. WSAT selected Clarkson Alliance to lead the team and provide project and cost management after seeking to restore the 18th Century mill and return it to greater prominence at the Quality Assured visitor attraction. The project has already won Project of the Year, Conservation and the Tourism and Leisure categories at the RICS East of England Awards 2016 in May. Since reopening, the project has achieved its outcome of increasing visitors to the...
Clarkson Alliance wins Outstanding Customer Satisfaction award at Constructing Excellence London & South East Awards 2016

Clarkson Alliance wins Outstanding Customer Satisfaction award at Constructing Excellence London & South East Awards 2016

Clarkson Alliance is delighted to be awarded the Outstanding Customer Satisfaction award at this year’s Constructing Excellence London & South East Awards. The coveted award was presented last Thursday at the annual Gala awards dinner at Lancaster London. Over 560 construction industry professionals attended the awards ceremony which has quadrupled in size since 2011. The award was made based on our approach to providing outstanding customer service which entails Finding out what is really important to our clients Developing and agreeing clear objectives based on these findings Undertaking stage-end reviews with the project team to keep on track and draw out lessons learned and; Conducting six-monthly face-to-face reviews with each and every customer. “Clarkson Alliance made a positive decision to do something different to improve their customers’ experience” said Ian Bailey, Director of category sponsors Artelia UK.  “The judges were impressed by their strategic approach to drive a collaborative team to deliver outstanding customer satisfaction. They clearly demonstrated their use of feedback from face-to-face client reviews to drive continuous improvement.” Our performance review process began in 2011 and is continuously refined. Early on, Clarkson Alliance established that customers employ the services of an external Project Management consultancy to ensure their project is delivered on time, within budget and that the completed facility delivers the required outcomes. However as no one single individual is responsible for the success or failure of a project, contracting to ensure outcomes not wholly under your control is always a risk; a risk to customer expectation and a risk to future business. As delivering projects is a team pursuit, Clarkson Alliance developed a strategy for Project Management focused on making sure that...
Three Powys Leisure Centres to be revamped as part of £1.9million Investment

Three Powys Leisure Centres to be revamped as part of £1.9million Investment

The leisure provision in Powys is receiving a £1.9million boost thanks to a partnership forged between Powys County Council and Freedom Leisure. Freedom Leisure, a not-for-profit leisure trust, develops crucial partnerships with Local Authorities to raise the standard of leisure service delivery and increase participation. Clarkson Alliance has formed a dynamic relationship with Freedom Leisure over the past 5 years having supported them on multiple leisure proposals and collaborated on several capital schemes.  Our joint efforts have been successful in delivering a number of Local Authorities leisure management contracts secured by Freedom Leisure.  We are partnering with Freedom Leisure once again to deliver design, project and cost management services. Read more>>...