01 March 2017

Binhamy Retail Park

  • Region: Bude, Cornwall
  • Client: Catesby Property Group Plc / Urban & Civic plc
  • Value: £3,600,000
  • Contract terms: JCT D&B 2011
  • Contract length: 28 weeks
  • Completed: November 2016
  • Customer satisfaction score at PC: 91%
  • Site features and challenges: Close residential and commercial neighbours / tight site and constrained access / isolated location
  • Community: The team arranged for students from the local Bude Junior School to visit the site for guided tours.

This shell only project comprised the D&B construction of two retail buildings on a tight site with constrained access, and required extensive relationship management with the close residential and commercial neighbours.  The project was awarded to Mi-space following outstanding performance at the client’s previous scheme, the Bristol city-centre Bridge Quay renovation project. The client was again impressed, particularly with an early completion of ten working days.

"I would like to thank the team involved with this project for all the hard work that has gone into achieving Practical Completion ahead of the contractual date." – Barry Crabb, Urban & Civic Plc.

Using their extensive local supply chain network the team procured the services of a known and proven prominent regional groundworker, despite the site's isolated location. This contractor was able to provide a larger piling rig than anticipated, and used effective man-management to deliver their works, key to the critical path, over a week early. Mi-space’s team maintained this float through the remainder of the project, overcoming a number of unforeseen issues with quick and effective collaboration between the design team, to deliver the project early.

The site was bound on one side by residential properties, on another by a developing housing estate and dentist’s practice, and on a third by a supermarket. The team established a dedicated haul road separate from residential access to segregate construction traffic, and to move dust agitated by such traffic away from any neighbouring buildings. Bi-monthly newsletters were produced to keep neighbours updated on project progress, and the Project Manager maintained contact with representatives from the housing developer to ensure their show home, located at the site boundary, was unaffected.

9/10 for minimising disruption - very good, despite being next to a housing development and operational supermarket.” – Barry Crabb, Urban & Civic Plc.

 

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