Focus on people management for better collaboration at Be2camp Oxon event

Focus on people management for better collaboration at Be2camp Oxon event

As project managers, clients expect us to deliver under time, cost and quality constraints. Around 5 years ago, Clarkson Alliance decided to look at how we could affect those factors and encourage the successful delivery of projects, realising that process alone can’t secure certainty of outcome. More often than not, people are the most unpredictable element of a project with many external influences affecting their priorities. Our objective has been to delve into how we can work with individuals and attain engagement on the projects we collaborate on. Collaboration is the focus of the Be2Camp event in Didcot, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 13th October. Po Yung from Clarkson Alliance will be discussing how we work with project teams and engender a collaborative approach. The annual Be2Camp event explores web technologies and new ideas entering the built environment. Come along if you are interested in understanding how to manage projects from a people perspective. Other topics explored include collaborative working, how to collaborate with the public, and how psychological and behavioural aspects affect the design process. For more details and to book http://ow.ly/T86Yh...
Risk Leadership – implementing a risk strategy that works

Risk Leadership – implementing a risk strategy that works

Every project needs to proactively manage risk to ensure it’s success and achieve the project objectives.  Risk leadership is vital to foreseeing challenges and putting an action plan in place should issues manifest.  See our guide on how to implement a risk strategy that works. Risk leadership – implementing a risk strategy that works from Clarkson...
Black Cultural Archives recognised as overall winner of New London Awards 2015

Black Cultural Archives recognised as overall winner of New London Awards 2015

Today there’s been an excited buzz in the office after one of our high profile projects – the Black Cultural Archives won its category and overall winner at the New London Awards 2015 (NLA). The awards are part of a programme of events organised by New London Architecture to celebrate, recognise and reward the best in architecture, planning and development in London. Needless to say we were thrilled to hear the project won its category “award for conservation and retrofit” and then elated to hear it was presented as the overall winner across all the categories. This is a fitting and richly deserved tribute to the work that the entire team at Black Cultural Archives and all the stakeholders put in to deliver a truly remarkable project. This accomplishment is even more exceptional given the extremely competitive field of other high calibre entries. The project itself was a grade II listed building in Brixton which was transformed in a £6.5m development to create a brand new heritage centre, the first national black heritage centre. Since completion, almost a year to the day, it has been highly acclaimed for uniting the community and providing a platform for the history and story of people of African and Caribbean descent in UK society. We were extremely proud of the teamwork and collaboration which was achieved during this project, we had a complex brief to amalgamate a collection of over 1000 precious artefacts that were spread out in various locations and bring everything under one roof. Significantly the project received Heritage Lottery funding and we worked hard with the team to qualify at...
Change Management – leading people

Change Management – leading people

Embarking on a construction project requires change management.  Change is inevitable and can happen for a number of reasons.  Some causes are positive such as the identification of new business opportunities; some are reactive – the realisation of a risk such as discovery of asbestos or a change in legislation; some are negative – poor communication or incorrect information at project planning stages, are examples.   Follow our guide on how to lead people through the change management process. Change management – leading people from Clarkson...
Video: Time Lapse of Sacrewell Farm heritage project

Video: Time Lapse of Sacrewell Farm heritage project

Sacrewell Farm opened to the public on Saturday 18th July with a newly restored Water Mill and Mill House. The heritage project has received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the £1.4million refurbishment has been a collaborative effort between William Scott Abbot Trust, Purcell Architects, Messenger Construction and Clarkson Alliance. A time lapse video shows the project developing over the last 20 months, which completed on time recently. The internal Mill House has been decorated with many original artefacts and items of clothing found on site so it is sympathetic to the original building. As well as a new Centre of Milling Excellence there will be interactive educational displays teaching visitors about life as an 18th Century miller....
Oxford Brookes MSc Field Trip: BIM and the Rose Hill Community Centre

Oxford Brookes MSc Field Trip: BIM and the Rose Hill Community Centre

The March 2015 Intensive Study Week for students on the MSc Project Management in the Built Environment for Oxford Brookes and the MSc Construction Project Management brought together full-time and open-learning students together on campus to attend lectures, seminars and workshops and to share experiences.During the week, the students went on a field trip to the site where the new Rose Hill Community Centre is being built. The visit was organised in collaboration with Beard Construction (main contractors) and the Clarkson Alliance (project managers). Thanks to Po Yung (Clarkson Alliance) for the photos Content from Rose Hill Community Centre Site visit   So, what’s so special about the project? Quite a lot: Community Referendum There was already an existing community centre in Rose Hill, but it was shabby and in need of refurbishment, so, Oxford City Council decided to hold a community referendum to allow the residents of Rose Hill to decide the future of their centre – refurbish or replace? A multi-lingual poster campaign and survey followed, along with visits (for residents) to other community centres and open days where residents could meet the project team and discuss plans. The final vote took place during a community fun day where the result was also announced: build a new community centre. Read the rest of this blog post on the Oxford Brookes Not Just Hard Hats...