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....
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....