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...
BIM: Adapt BIM documents to appeal to each party

BIM: Adapt BIM documents to appeal to each party

The documents required to run BIM are guidelines that need to be adapted for each project. The documents should be adapted for each discipline based on what each group wants to achieve, providing a roadmap of how BIM will be carried out. View the final lesson learned in our series of 50 BIM Lessons Learned from an Innovate UK...
BIM: Use BIM for best logistical sequencing

BIM: Use BIM for best logistical sequencing

BIM can be used to plan logistics during the construction phase.  It is often easier to visualise tasks when they are in 3D compared to looking at 2D plans so the optimum arrangement of activities can be identified more easily. View the latest lesson learned from our BIM research project funded Innovate...
New memberships increase by 100% after Archway Leisure Centre refurbishment

New memberships increase by 100% after Archway Leisure Centre refurbishment

London Borough of Islington and leisure operator and charitable social enterprise GLL has relaunched Archway Leisure Centre in Islington after extensive refurbishment.  The community has convincingly approved of the new facilities with new memberships increasing by 100% within the first two months of opening Clarkson Alliance was selected to provide project management, cost management, design and principal designer services for the scheme. Clarkson Alliance works in partnership with charitable social enterprises and Local Authorities to deliver their leisure strategies through optimising facilities.  The strategies devised often include increased participation to engage the community in a healthy lifestyle. We work with our customers to provide certainty of outcome for their projects and secure the future of their leisure strategies. Read...
Clarkson Alliance uses Cost Management with BIM for better control of customer’s finances

Clarkson Alliance uses Cost Management with BIM for better control of customer’s finances

BIM is a natural progression for cost managers to streamline the collation of accurate cost data.  Want to work for central Government? Cost managing projects in a 3D virtual environment has become the necessity if pursuing Government work. All construction projects procured by central Government must use BIM processes for project delivery since the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 mandate came into force in April.  The change has occurred because the Government recognises the efficiencies BIM can bring to construction projects. BIM’s efficiencies are likely to filter down through the industry on non-Governmental projects. Prior to BIM the work to create cost data is often duplicated by different disciplines working on the project.  For example, the cost manager may produce an initial Cost Plan or Bill of Quantities. When a contractor is appointed, their quantity surveyor is likely to undertake their own measurements, effectively duplicating the process.  It doesn’t stop there though. Other parties working on the project could also undertake similar tasks to get their own version of cost and quantity data. Providing our customers with cost certainty is our priority whether we utilise traditional cost management or BIM. Clarkson Alliance has been working with Bidcon BIM to provide cost certainty with the BIM cost management software. For our customers that means More efficient cost planning – a central database of cost data can be used by all parties on the project, saving resource when collating quantities. There is less margin for error or disagreement between different parties who have created their own pricing documents. We can work with data directly from BIM models to provide cost plans...