Sacrewell Mill heritage project wins three RICS East of England Awards

Sacrewell Mill heritage project wins three RICS East of England Awards

18th century watermill wins Project of the Year at RICS East of England Awards A £1.8m restoration of a grade II* listed watermill which was project and cost managed by Clarkson Alliance has recently scooped three industry awards including overall Project of the Year.  The 18th century Heritage Lottery Funded project near Peterborough was recognised at Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) East of England awards on 11th May. Sacrewell Mill near Wansford reopened last July after a 12-month project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the William Scott Abbott Trust, which owns Sacrewell Farm. The mill, which before the restoration was listed on Historic England’s ‘at risk’ register, also won awards in Building Conservation and Tourism and Leisure, entering the project into the RICS Awards Grand Final in London in October, where it will compete with other regional winners, including Hampton Court Palace. Mill Project Officer Jane Harrison said: “We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to have won Project of the Year. It’s a testament to how well we worked together as a design team. “It was lovely to bring something that had been classed as ‘at risk’ back into use.” Clarkson Alliance worked with architects Purcell and building contractor, Messenger Construction on the heritage project. Managing Director of Clarkson Alliance Graham Clarkson commented: “Since the initial stages of supporting William Scott Abbott Trust with two successful rounds of Heritage Lottery Fund grant funding, through to delivering the project on time and within budget, this has been a fascinating and rewarding journey for ourselves and the project team we managed. “We are thrilled the project has achieved all...
Shortlisted in Outstanding Customer Satisfaction category in Constructing Excellence Awards

Shortlisted in Outstanding Customer Satisfaction category in Constructing Excellence Awards

Clarkson Alliance is pleased to be shortlisted in the Outstanding Customer Satisfaction category in the Constructing Excellence London and South East Awards 2016. Constructing Excellence is tasked with driving change in construction, improving performance and producing a better built environment.  As an industry, the statistics for delivering projects either on time or within budget could be greatly improved.  The spring 2016 issue of Project magazine by the Association of Project Management identified a third of major Government projects are failing, of which 30 are infrastructure – equating to £170bn. In this landscape, recognition in Outstanding Customer Satisfaction is especially important to us.  It is paramount that clients receive a facility that delivers precisely the results required in the original objectives. Our experienced and skilled team work hard to consistently achieve this, often going above and beyond what is expected. We adopt a regular client review process that ensures we keep on track delivering their vision and managing the project within time and budgetary constraints. Winners will be announced at the Gala dinner on Thursday 30th...
Two heritage projects shortlisted in RICS, East of England 2016 Awards

Two heritage projects shortlisted in RICS, East of England 2016 Awards

Clarkson Alliance is very pleased to have two of our projects shortlisted as finalists in three categories at the RICS, East of England 2016 awards. Sacrewell Farm in Peterborough is a finalist in the Building Conservation category and also Tourism and Leisure category. St Nicholas’ Chapel in Kings Lynn is also a finalist in the Building Conservation category. Both projects have received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The RICS awards celebrate outstanding achievements in property.  Each year the top regional built environment projects are selected across eight categories.  The winners are put forward for the RICS Awards Grand Final where they also have the chance to win the overall Project of the Year award. Sacrewell Farm – restored 18th century Water Mill project The £1.8m Sacrewell Farm Water Mill, Millhouse and bakery project saw the transformation of a Grade II listed building into an education centre and tourist attraction.  The project had previously been on English Heritage’s At Risk Register before owners William Scott Abbott Trust formulated a plan to renovate the building.  The Mill site was originally constructed in the mid-18th century and was in need of important repairs.  The water mill has been restored after many years of disuse.  Extra support for the watermill is provided through the introduction of a hydroelectric turbine. The renovations make the project an ideal setting for the recent BBC programme, Victorian Bakers which explored traditional bakery.  During the programme the presenters remarked on their concern during research that they would be unable to find anywhere to film the 18th century milling techniques until they found Sacrewell.  It is extremely rare...
ISO 9001 Quality Assurance Certification achieved by Clarkson Alliance’s Cost Management Service

ISO 9001 Quality Assurance Certification achieved by Clarkson Alliance’s Cost Management Service

Clarkson Alliance is pleased to announce our cost management service has achieved ISO 9001 Quality Assurance certification. Clarkson Alliance prides itself on delivering a first class service that exceeds customer expectations. Recognition for the quality and consistency of our service is important to us as we are dedicated to delivering projects that achieve the original business case. Our cost management service has scored highly with customers since becoming a standalone operation in 2015.  89% of customers stated they were very satisfied with the service during our client reviews last year. Our priorities as Cost Managers are to deliver certainty of outcome to clients by meticulously controlling the project budget. We prioritise fully understanding a client’s business case from the early stages so we can provide the best strategic counsel on all aspects of cost management from budget options at the feasibility stage, cost and value management, whole life costing, assessing market conditions, risk management and procurement. Since developing the service, Head of Cost Management David Chapell has diversified by introducing Cost Management for BIM enabling us to provide cost support in 3D for Level 2 BIM projects. This places us in prime position to support Government projects which must be procured using Level 2 BIM by April 2016. “Gaining the ISO 9001 certification is significant because it tests the quality of our service to ensure we can guarantee our customers the reliable, high standard of cost management we set out to provide. Our clients are at the core of what we do but so is working collaboratively with project teams so we can manage risk and the associated costs...
Improved accuracy and lower risk BIM cost planning through platform linked to NRM 1&2

Improved accuracy and lower risk BIM cost planning through platform linked to NRM 1&2

Clarkson Alliance has selected Bidcon BIM from Elecosoft UK Limited as its cost management platform for BIM related cost information. The product will help support the development of the company’s new cost consulting services. These form part of the company’s strategic aim to align around Building Information Modelling (BIM) and deliver project management and cost management services that help ease its clients’ own transitions to BIM. Clarkson Alliance selected Bidcon BIM after conducting an extensive analysis of available cost management solutions. The company wanted to be able to use BIM for cost management at any stage of the project lifecycle. Bidcon BIM stood out as having every essential requirement to enable the company to deliver cost management, value management and collaborative BIM project support to its clients, including: Built-in New Rules of Measurement library, enabling NRM1 and NRM2 based outputs Fully integrated Spon’s Price Books database – providing access to the construction industry’s most trusted pricing database from directly within the product Pricing database customisation – enabling the company to augment the pricing database with its bespoke and negotiated prices Easy to integrate with existing spreadsheet-based cost models and templates Cloud-supported via the Elecosoft BIMCloud, enabling consultants to work anywhere David Chapell, Head of Cost Management at Clarkson Alliance, explains: “Our new cost consulting service allows customers to bring project data to us in any form – either traditional or from a BIM model and we can work with them to deliver consistent, reliable cost plans. This is particularly useful to architects and designers who don’t want to be slowed down when they are creating models. Information needs to...
Working with and embarking on BIM – A Sussex BIM Hub event

Working with and embarking on BIM – A Sussex BIM Hub event

Clarkson Alliance and Worthing Homes share Lessons Learned from BIM on a housing project Graham Clarkson of Clarkson Alliance will be presenting the findings of our Building Information Modelling (BIM) research project – Meadow Road at an event for Sussex BIM Hub on Wednesday 16th September, alongside our clients, Worthing Homes. Gaining an insight into how others use BIM can be challenging. Other organisations will naturally share their BIM accomplishments but will be less forthcoming about overcoming issues. BIM creates the opportunity to work more collaboratively with project teams and to utilise new technologies often culminating in the creation of a 3D digital model of a building which can be used for design, build and operation. By learning from others, your own implementation of BIM can be improved and common pitfalls can be avoided. As early adopters of BIM, Clarkson Alliance was awarded a grant from Innovate UK to research the changes in dynamics and behaviours of using BIM on a project. As BIM Information Managers on the £1.4m East Sussex project, we share our first-hand experience of how BIM has been used on a live project. We discuss topics such as why it’s better to design in BIM from the start, challenges we have faced and why it is important to understand what data the model needs to produce. This event covers the breadth of our lessons learnt to date on the project, which has also been selected by Constructing Excellence as an Innovation in Practice project. The event will be held at ZSTa Architects 3 Dorset Place, Brighton BN2 1ST from 5pm – 7pm. To register, please...