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...
Construction work begins at Littlehampton Leisure Centre

Construction work begins at Littlehampton Leisure Centre

Following the successful completion of the enabling works in August, construction officially began on the site of the new Littlehampton Leisure Centre with the ground breaking ceremony on 7 September 2017. The first phase of work will see the foundations laid. The centre set to be completed by April 2019, and will include an eight lane, 25-metre swimming pool, learner pool with a moveable floor, gym, dance studio, spinning studio, and a café. It will be erected on the site of the current sports dome and overflow car park. Here are a selection of photographs from the project so far; you can find further information on our project page.  ...
Clarkson Alliance acting as Development Manager on flagship Maidenhead leisure centre

Clarkson Alliance acting as Development Manager on flagship Maidenhead leisure centre

Clarkson Alliance are delighted to be acting as Development Managers for a new leisure project at Braywick Park, Maidenhead. The designs for the centre have now been unveiled, providing residents with an early glimpse of what they can expect to see at the state-of-the-art new leisure centre which – subject to planning – is scheduled to open in 2019. The new centre will replace the existing Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead and is expected to provide energy savings of 70%. Key facilities at Braywick Leisure Centre will include: 10-lane, 25m swimming pool Training pool and splash area 200-station gym and a separate health suite Two dance studios and a spinning studio Six outdoor netball / tennis courts and four squash courts 80-seat café with views of the pool Nursery and soft play area Improved accessibility for disabled users and sports teams 500 parking spaces 40m x 60m floodlit all weather 3G pitch The proposals for the new Braywick Leisure Centre will provide a space for everyone to enjoy high-quality sports, leisure, arts and cultural events indoors and outdoors. As a Maidenhead resident I am particularly excited to be leading this project on behalf of RBWM delivering the new centre at the end of 2019, subject to planning permission. Julian Bullen, Development Manager, Clarkson Alliance Visuals of the proposed Braywick Leisure Centre All visuals: Burke Rickhards Press...
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...
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...