Translating Construction: promoting effective communication

Translating Construction: promoting effective communication

As project and cost managers we seek to remove any barriers between our clients and their project objectives. We work to ensure that our clients feel able to make the right decisions: we seek to give them confidence and certainty of outcome. Construction is an industry full of jargon which can sometime be a barrier to clear communication and understanding. Our ‘Translating Construction’ series provides definitions to some of these tricky terms, explanations for when you might encounter them and a few stories to bring them to life and make them memorable. Find out about more on the Translating Construction webpage and please get in touch if you have a particular word or expression that often results in blank faces across a meeting...
Works completed at Arun Leisure Centre

Works completed at Arun Leisure Centre

Clarkson Alliance have worked on two separate projects with Arun District Council in the last two years managing refurbishment works at Arun Leisure Centre, Bognor Regis. The refurbished centre was officially opened on 22 September. The services are part of the council’s initiative to improve leisure facilities in the local area, in part achieved by ensuring that space for leisure is used in the most effective way. Clarkson Alliance was able to use our extensive experience in the leisure industry to redesign the layout of the space, which led to an extension and refurbishment of the gym, and a new spin studio – catering for a wider variety of classes that better meet demand. The second stage of refurbishment work, carried out in partnership with leisure operator Freedom Leisure, included a new café and reception area, increased seating capacity and improved changing facilities. The completed centre has also received energy conservation work which will reduce energy consumption and running costs, including new energy-efficient lighting....
Chirk Leisure Centre reopened following successful refurbishment

Chirk Leisure Centre reopened following successful refurbishment

On 26 July 2017, the Chirk Leisure and Activity Centre was reopened following extensive refurbishment to improve provision for the local community. The centre was reopened by the Major of Wrexham, Councillor John Pritchard. Clarkson Alliance provided design, project and cost management services, and worked closely with our partners Leisure Energy who delivered energy saving measures that will reduce energy consumption by 36%. The refurbishments included a new, expanded fitness suite and free weights area, as well as a new reception area, and new lighting over the swimming pool which has dramatically improved the swimming experience and has received great feedback from users. The project received funding from the Welsh government, which supports the improvement in facilities to help people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds to participate and enjoy sport. Clarkson Alliance are also working to complete refurbishments at the Waterworld Leisure Centre in nearby Wrexham, which is on track to be opened in October....
Planning approved for fitness centre at Phyllis Court Club, Henley

Planning approved for fitness centre at Phyllis Court Club, Henley

Phyllis Court Club is a private members club in Henley; Clarkson Alliance is providing project and cost management services to the club to develop a fitness centre, something that has been discussed at the club since 1938! The planning application has now been approved, and more visible work on site will begin in early autumn 2017, with the project due for completion in mid 2018. The Fitness Centre will include a 20m swimming pool, a sanarium, gym and exercise studio, with extensive changing facilities, for use by the rowing, canoe and kayak, tennis clubs at Phyllis...
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...