Crest academies

Crest academies

The project comprised the construction of new facilities for separate boys’ and girls’ academies, which are joined by a shared specialist teaching and kitchen/dining area, followed by the subsequent demolition of the original school structures

This was a complex task due to the restriction that required the segregation of male and female pupils during the school day in the shared areas. The project also included the improvement of landscaping and external sports facilities.

Our role

Currie & Brown provided project and cost management, risk and value management, value engineering, contract management and project monitoring services for all stages of the project.

We joined the project shortly after it had entered the construction phase to replace the incumbent consultant. The end user was seeking a large change to the scheme but at no cost increase and the contractor team was working to facilitate this change without any cost escalation, thus there was great potential for major cost overruns. Currie & Brown reviewed the situation and resolved issues to progress the significantly revised design, which was achieved at no additional cost to the client and accepted by all. Our involvement was instrumental in maintaining the working relationships, and completion and handover were achieved allowing the academies to open on time.

Our breadth of experience allowed us to take on additional project management duties at the client’s request, including co-ordinating integration of the telecom operators. We also acted as liaison to propose a solution to the client manager on technical/contractual issues including an unmarked drain running through the site from an adjacent building. We also worked as a conduit between the contractor, academy and kitchen operator to resolve issues with design and future operation.

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