Aston University – Lecture theatre refurbishment
Client: Aston University
Role: Quantity Surveying
Sector: Higher Education
The lecture theatres project comprised a refurbishment of the ground floor lecture theatre, including removal of existing seating and installation of new revised layout to accommodate additional numbers and a front lecturn section with ‘smart wall’ paint. Additional on the 6th floor comprised converting existing kitchen/classrooms to a new Harvard-style lecture theatre and associated project and collaboration rooms.
This project comprised many different aspects, such as seating, M+E, Audio/Visual, specialist fitout, and general construction, and as such required PMP to manage a number of different stakeholders. PMP reported fortnightly to the University due to the compact programme period, we were additional required to report on separate budgets (for audio/visual, specialist fitout, furniture, general construction) whilst keeping track and keeping within the overall total budget. As part of this reporting we were required to present and communication to our direct contact at the university, the universities specialists for the A/V, fitout and the universities financial division.
Due to time pressures PMP recommended a two-stage design and build tender approach, which enabled the University to get a contractor on board early and commence works whilst finalising the design. To retain financial competitiveness the project was based on an ‘open-book’ approach which enabled us to carry out a tender evaluation on each sub-contractor return.