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Sector: Commercial | Industrial
Service: Cost Consultancy | Principal Designers

Achieving Excellence through Collaboration  

Hookway was appointed as Cost Consultants and CDM Co-Ordinators to review the feasibility of refurbishing an existing factory unit for a large industrial manufacturer. After various options were reviewed the decision was made to demolish the existing building and provide a new build facility. 

The challenge

Hookway reviewed all the available brief information and constraints, along with other design team members and the client, and a procurement route was agreed that would help achieve the requirements with the risk to the client reduced as much as possible.

The works were let on a JCT CE form of contract, on an open book basis with target cost, to allow for maximum collaboration between the parties and a start on site prior to the completion of the design (due to tight programme issues with the ultimate customer) . The building was built to BREEAM Excellent standards.

Hookway, along with the design team, also ensured that thorough investigation was undertaken prior to works being fully designed or tendered. The site contained suspected unexploded bombs, asbestos within the building and ground and highly toxic chemicals from previous industrial processes in addition the the environmental issues of being located adjacent the sea. The surrounding buildings and factory units on the high security site were also required to remain operational at all times.

With the potential risks identified a detailed risk allocation schedule was produced and agreed with all parties so clear ownership of risk was understood.

Detailed processes, method statements and watching briefs were then agreed, implemented and monitored to ensure all works were carried out in a safe way.

The building contains a huge amount of plant and equipment and so the majority of the maintainable items were placed at high level with dedicated walkways and screening to ensure all can be maintained in a safe way and also with minimal disruption to the manufacturing process.

The team involved on the project, to include Hookway, were shortlisted for the regional Constructing Excellence awards 2015 in the category of Collaborative Working; the key objective of BIM. The project was additionally shortlisted for the regional Constructing Excellence awards 2015 in the category of Health and Safety; the second time a team involving Hookway has been nominated.

The solution

Hookway reviewed all the available brief information and constrains, along with other design team members and the client, and a procurement route was agreed that would help achieve the requirements with the risk to the client reduced as much as possible.

The works were let on a JCT CE form of contract, on an open book basis with target cost, to allow for maximum collaboration between the parties and a start on site prior to the completion of the design (due to tight programme issues with the ultimate customer) . The building was built to BREEAM Excellent standards. The team involved on the project, to include Hookway , were shortlisted for the Constructing Excellence awards 2015 in the category of Collaborative Working; the key objective of BIM.

Hookway carried out full cost management and CDM duties from inception to completion to include, inter alia, option appraisals, cost planning, life cycle costing, two stage tender documentation, tender reporting, contract document preparation, change and cost management, undertaking valuations, claim and contractual advice to the client and final account negotiations.

The result

Despite almost 1,200 variations and a constantly evolving brief the £26.5m project was delivered to the client by the revised completion date and within the anticipated revised budget.

The works undertaken have cleaned up the contamination to the satisfaction of the relevant agencies and despite hundreds of operatives working on the project for several years only a handful of very minor health and safety issues occurred. The facility is considered to be an exemplar for the type of production undertaken.

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Testimonial

“The new washroom facilities have significantly improved the internal environment and Hookway have been on-hand to efficiently project manage these works to our satisfaction.”

“The whole project has been a complete success from start to finish. Hookway and the builders (HBC) were a pleasure to deal with and the project management was highly professional.”

“After a fantastic refurbishment of our Grade II* listed building roof last year, Hookway has excellently project managed a complete transformation of our asbestos roofs.”