Oxford Castle voted winner of ’40 in 40 Competition’

Oxford Castle voted winner of ’40 in 40 Competition’

  We are thrilled that the Oxford Castle renovation project won the public vote in the '40 in 40 Competition' at the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards ceremony this week. Clarkson Alliance project managed the restoration project, which included a new heritage and education centre, Oxford Castle Unlocked, opening up parts of the site to the public for the first time in 1000 years! The 40 in 40 competition run by the Oxford time and Oxford Mail asked the public to vote for their favorite project from award-winning project of the last 40 years. Competition included lanterns and railings in Park Town (winner - 1977), the Blavatnik School of Government (2016). The Oxford Castle won in 2007. Learn more about Clarkson Alliance's work on Oxford Castle on the Project page....
Braywick Leisure Centre plans submitted

Braywick Leisure Centre plans submitted

This week, the planning application for Braywick Leisure Centre was formally validated by the council’s planning department, representing an important step forward for the project’s progress.  Clarkson Alliance are providing Development, Project and Cost Management Services on the project. It contains full details of the proposed £32 million facility which the council is building to provide residents with a community space to enjoy sport, art and cultural events for years to come. Cllr Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “This is a great milestone on the journey towards opening Braywick Leisure Centre as a venue for all. Building a borough for everyone means providing residents with all the infrastructure and facilities they will need and investing in this state-of-the-art leisure centre is an important part of our wider strategy to match the emerging Borough Local Plan.” The centre is due to open to users by December 2019, pending planning permission. View further details and images of the project on the Project...
Opening of Wrexham Waterworld

Opening of Wrexham Waterworld

On 27 October, Wrexham Waterworld Activity and Leisure Centre was officially reopened following significant refurbishment work. Clarkson Alliance provided design, project and cost management services on the project which has greatly improved the leisure facilities for the local community. The renovation project included: an improved gym area with new equipment; a new reception and cafe area; refurbishment of the changing rooms and a new cycling studio. 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. The centre was officially reopened by the Mayor of Wrexham, Welsh Assembly Members and councillors along with directors from Freedom Leisure. Andy Harris, Freedom Leisure Area Manager, said:  “We are extremely proud of the new facilities, especially as the cycling studio and gym are now able to rival the best private gyms! Most importantly, users have already reported to us how happy they are with the enhanced facilities and offerings – which is excellent”....
Work begins to revitalise Caledonian Clock Tower

Work begins to revitalise Caledonian Clock Tower

Islington councillors visited the Clock Tower in Caledonian Park on 18 October to officially mark the start of construction works on site. Work has now begun on the project to revitalise Caledonian Park and secure the future of the Grade II* listed Caledonian Clock Tower,  which has received almost £2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).  Clarkson Alliance are Project Managers on the project, and bring extensive experience of delivering heritage projects on time and on budget and also of working with the HLF.  Work is being carried out by construction company Lengard, and is due to be completed in summer 2018. Cllr Claudia Webbe, the council’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “It’s fantastic that work has begun on this exciting project, which offers a brilliant opportunity to celebrate our history, and bring that history alive.” You can read more about the planned renovations on the Project page....
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....