11 August 2016

Bridge Quay Renovation

  • Region: Bristol
  • Client: Urban & Civic PLC
  • Value: £7,500,000
  • Contract terms: JCT D&B 2011
  • Contract length: 60 weeks
  • Completed: May 2016
  • Percentage of properties sold at PC: 98%
  • Site features and challenges: Close proximity to the river / constrained site footprint / complex refurbishment of the building's concrete frame
  • Community: Community contributions included - core team members cycling to work; eight apprentices employed on site and given asbestos awareness training; and charity football tournament.

The project comprised the complex refurbishment of a Bristol city-centre office block, creating 59 apartments in a prime waterfront location. Works included extensive structural remodelling, construction of a 1.5 storey vertical extension and the installation of balconies to the east and west façades.

Multiple factors contributed to Mi-space winning the contract for this high-profile and challenging project, including:

  • an existing relationship with the client, developed over the successful delivery of several similar previous schemes; and
  • a history of collaborating with clients to successfully deliver complex refurbishment projects to demanding specifications.

Through close liaison from the tender stage, Mi-space quickly established that the client’s key objective was optimising the high profit-earning potential offered by the building’s prime location. The team achieved this by:

  • offering practical construction advice regarding the structural remodelling works to maximise saleable floor space;
  • using collaborative planning and regular quality control workshops to deliver a market leading quality of finish; and
  • being flexible with the programme and site structure to accommodate the client's adventurous marketing plan.

Challenges presented by the site's waterfront location and constrained nature were mitigated through the use of detailed RAMS, created with input from specialist supply chain members and the Midas Group HS&E department, and implementing a carefully sequenced phasing plan to optimise available space. The complex remodelling works were successfully coordinated by holding regular design workshops and ensuring the design team shared a collective understanding of the client's requirements.

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