12 August 2016

Admiralty Row, Mount Wise

  • Region: Plymouth
  • Client: Hertford Investors Ltd
  • Value: £13,700,000
  • Contract terms: JCT D&B 2011
  • Contract length: 112 weeks
  • Completed: November 2015
  • Client score - 'keeping promises and commitments': 10/10
  • Site features and challenges: Difficult ground / complicated phasing to meet client's occupation plan / complex structural works in listed building
  • Community: The large scale of works afforded Mi-space numerous opportunities to return value to the community:
    • working with Shekinah Mission to employ three local disadvantaged people as banksman, labourer and carpentry apprentice;
    • working with the Royal Marine C Group to offer four work experience places to injured marines;
    • hosting educational site visits for over 150 students, from the local Plymouth School for Boys and Plymouth University;
    • offering a part-time placement to Plymouth University student Catherine Simpson; and
    • taking part in a local community allotment event and sponsoring the painting of a mural in a local café.

Mi-space conducted the complex refurbishment and extension of a listed building alongside the construction of town houses to provide 99 new homes. The scheme centres on Admiralty House, a Georgian manor steeped in naval history, and the new properties were delivered to market-leading quality in order to reflect the site’s distinguished past and symbolic location.

The company successfully secured this prestigious project by demonstrating at tender stage a thorough and detailed understanding of the project's complexities, and an experienced team whose enthusiasm and professionalism shone at the tender interview. The client was impressed with Mi-space's offer to bring multiple members of the team through from the preconstruction to construction stage, thereby ensuring continuity of knowledge.

The client’s key objective was maintaining the building’s listed status whilst simultaneously meeting all warranty, building regulation and planning requirements. The team primarily worked collectively to achieve this by coordinating regular interaction and collaboration between the Historic England and Premier Guarantee representatives. This was supplemented by using extensive technical knowledge and experience to find innovative and mutually satisfactory solutions that met all requirements, and routinely engaging key supply chain members to ensure these solutions were also influenced by expert opinion. This process included gap analysis workshops to align interfaces and allow sequencing between multiple trades.

Difficult and expansive ground conditions were overcome with quick communication of issues to all necessary parties and collaborative solutions, while the complex phasing of works was coordinated by devoting appropriate energy and focus to regular and creative planning and the routine use of short term programmes. The complex structural works were successfully and efficiently carried out in the listed building through maintaining regular liaison with the Heritage England Officer, and using lateral thinking supported by technical experience to provide effective, practical and cost-efficient solutions.

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