A framework for world-class learning
We are helping UCL put students at the heart of its £1.2 billion, ten year programme of capital projects by creating one of the most exciting university environments in the world. Appointed in 2012, we were given project management responsibility for the refurbishment of London’s Bartlett School of Architecture, which will see the facility expand to accommodate increasing staff and student numbers. Also leading on delivery projects such as Hampstead Road, Gower Street and Central House, we developed an innovative enabling works contract to reduce programme times and mitigate risk.
“Transforming UCL is an exciting programme to massively improve the UCL Estate over coming years. The programme will provide new student learning spaces, new social spaces, much improved quality facilities for many departments and a profound change to the look and feel of the campus here in Bloomsbury and across many other parts of UCL's large estate”
Within 12 months of our appointment we were further chosen as project manager to lead an annual programme of minor works across UCL’s Bloomsbury campus. Consisting of 30 projects, the programme needed to be delivered within a six month period to make an immediate and positive impact to four of the University’s schools. We drew on our experience delivering complex university projects to package the works into three contracts delivered by each contractor. Projects being carried out in sensitive operational environments were packaged geographically to minimise disruption during the construction process.
Turning vision into reality
In 2014 we were selected as project manager to assist the client and its wider team to deliver one of UCL's most significant buildings, the new £35 million student centre that will provide 1,000 study spaces, teaching and IT spaces, and a multi-use space as well as a new entrance to the main university campus. Our experience working in constrained sites has allowed us to outline various construction solutions early in the design phase and this approach has also been used in our work at Courtauld House, the new home for one of the world’s leading research centres; the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) Prion Unit.