Interserve was appointed to design and deliver the The Campus Technology Hub (CTH) a purpose-built engineering facility in Daresbury, Cheshire.
The project involved the demolition, refurbishment and extension of a dated production facility to deliver a modern technology hub.
The works included:
- Removal of asbestos
- Floating ceiling
- Hard & soft landscaping
The building provides a focal point where businesses, universities and research organisations can work in partnership to tackle engineering challenges. The CTH aims to provide an affordable mechanism for entrepreneurs and others to access an impressive array of technologies, equipment and expertise, eliminating the need to develop, buy or pay prohibitively high prices to use engineering research and development capabilities.
The project was constructed alongside the Bridgewater Canal, so careful planning was required to avoid pollution incidents.
The live site demanded minimal disruption. Interserve applied ‘just in time’ principles for the delivery of materials to site. This is a process that helps to ensure the efficient handling of materials, by providing the right materials, in the right quantities and quality, just in time for production. Materials may be delivered to site on the actual day of use or the day before. Deliveries were booked in advance and a number of holding points were identified off site. Interserve liaised with the client’s security team before deliveries were called to site to service current tasks.
There were no accidents, and the works did not impact on, or disrupt the operational technology park.
81 per cent of orders were placed with supply chain partners located within a 50 mile radius of the site, of which 78 per cent were within a 20 mile radius.
Interserve challenged the design to provide cost and time savings. Changing the floating mezzanine floor to a fixed concrete floor reduced the programme of works by four weeks and provided an alternative landscaping solution to the original specification.
The project was delivered on time, to a high quality and to budget, despite incorporating £150k of client variations.