Amy Henderson, Amir Dad and Kieran Scott join Equals
Equals is pleased to announce the arrival of Amy, Amir and Kieran who join our growing team.
Amy joins us as a senior quantity surveyor. She has worked on numerous residential, commercial and mixed use development projects. Amy brings experience in all project stages for both refurbishment and new build schemes.
Amir joins us as an experienced quantity surveyor with expertise in the office and residential sectors. Along with experience across all aspects of quantity surveying, he is skilled in both pre and post contract cost management and has experience and understanding of traditional and design and build procurement routes.
Kieran joins us as a graduate quantity surveyor, having finished his degree in quantity surveying at Reading University this year. Kieran has previous work experience working on project sites for a major contractor.
Royal Opera House Completes Major Refurbishment
London’s Royal Opera House (ROH) has been reinvigorated following a major transformation. Designed by Stanton Williams, Equals were project managers on the refurbishment, working closely with the design team, construction managers Rise and over 30 contractors to enhance the experience for the public, staff and performers alike.
Constructed over nearly three years with the venue remaining operational throughout, this complex project balances the desire to attract new audiences for ballet and opera with the need to respect the ROH’s heritage and unique character.
One of the project’s biggest challenges Equals faced as project managers was the logistical complexity of carving out new space for the interventions whilst the building remained in use. Time restrictions were also in place due to the surrounding residential accommodation. Thanks to careful phasing and decanting throughout the lengthy construction programme, we were able to ensure that not one ROH rehearsal or main auditorium performance was missed.
With a final construction cost estimated at £50.7 million, the scheme involved re-designing both the Bow Street and Covent Garden piazza entrances, new foyers (an increase of 50% foyer space) including a larger shop (designed by Drinkall Dean) and new café. The Linbury Studio theatre has been completely replaced with the new Linbury Theatre. This state-of-the-art facility has a a 400 seat auditorium and is fitted with adjustable seating configurations and electroacoustic technology.
The Opera House has also refurbished the Amphitheatre and Amphitheatre Terrace, opening up the Amphitheatre foyer and introducing a new bar and 230-cover restaurant (designed by Studio Linse) which will be open to the public rather than just performance-goers. The Clore Studio learning space has also been refurbished.
Project Director at the Royal Opera House, Sarah Younger, said:
“The Equals team have been invaluable in helping us to deliver a complex, challenging project within the Opera House. Their experience, advice and approach to understanding our needs, those of the multiple stakeholders and the project has been a vital part of the project’s success.”
Tony Wilson, Director at Equals said:
“We are thrilled to have worked on such an interesting and culturally significant project, and to have delivered it with minimum impact to the day to day operations of the Opera House is a great achievement.”
Natural History Museum’s Members Room Grand Opening
The Members Room at the Natural History Museum proudly opens its doors after undergoing a major refurbishment over three floors of the Grade 1 Listed South Central Towers. The museum embarked on an ambitious programme to create an exclusive destination that inspires and delights members as part of a drive to increase museum membership. The room is centrally located above the Hintze Hall and includes a reception with a feature display showcase, kitchen, restaurant, private dining room, lounge and study.
Equals provided project management and contract administration services and played a key role in defining the brief, selecting designers, designing procurement strategies and conducting stakeholder liaison. We also provided expert technical leadership from feasibility to listed building consent submission to the museum team.
Equals welcomes new apprentices
Equals is pleased to welcome four new apprentices, Mollie Evans, Neil O’Connell, Sophie Rowson and Toby Rice. Our apprentices are all working towards RICS qualifications while developing their professional skills through experience on a wide range of Equals projects. Our approach to apprenticeships is consistent with our business objective of attracting, developing and promoting the best talent. It demonstrates our commitment to supporting the future needs of our professions and industry.
Equals Office Move
Equals is pleased to announce its recent London office move to 130 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho.
We are delighted to announce that, as a consequence of continued growth, we have moved to a contemporary office in the heart of Soho and Covent Garden. Our new office has been designed to support agile working and includes many facilities and amenities including showers, cycle storage, a feature art wall and informal break out areas.
Managing Director Michael Martin comments: “We are delighted to see the continued growth of our services and business and our new London office will allow us to create new and exciting opportunities for our staff and clients. We look forward to welcoming our clients and friends to our new office”.
Humber Bridge Masterplan Completed
Working as part of a multidisciplinary team led by Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd, Equals has been working as cost consultants on the Humber Bridge masterplan. Appointed by the Humber Bridge Board, the team has developed a masterplan of the lands surrounding the Grade I listed bridge in order to create a destination that features the bridge itself, it’s engineering history and aids the wider regeneration of the area.
Team: Ian Ritchie Architects with Atelier One, Equals, Gustafson Porter + Bowman, Atelier Ten, Regeneris, BDP Transport
Equals appointed on 7-11 Cavendish Place
Equals are delighted to have been appointed as cost and project managers and also contract administrator for the redevelopment of 7-11 Cavendish Place.
The redevelopment for O&H Properties, will comprise of the demolition of the existing building and the construction of a new office building circa 16,000 ft². The project will incorporate an additional floor at roof level, a new sub-station and works to the existing basement vaults.
The project comes with a number of unique logistical items to resolve, but we are looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead with this exciting project.
Foot Locker’s new Oxford Street Flagship Store Opens
Foot Locker opened their brand new London global flagship store on Oxford Street today. Situated next to Marble Arch, the new store is 13,691 sqft and will feature ‘Activation zones’, with dedicated spaces within the store for other activities, including an X-Box space and a barber’s offering haircuts for customers. The shop also has unique artwork, with a local artist commissioned for the piece.
Equals provided project and cost management services to Foot Locker and were instrumental in ensuring the completed the store was successfully handed over in time for the opening.
As part of Foot Locker’s continued European store roll out, we have also recently completed new stores in Liverpool, Reading, Brent Cross, Derby, Bournemouth and Lakeside, Kent. Equals have now provided project management on over 130 retail stores for Foot Locker in the UK and Europe.
Equals projects shortlisted in AJ Retrofit Awards
We’re pleased that several of our projects have been shortlisted in the AJ Retrofit Awards: the V&A Museum Shop by Friend and Company Architects (pictured), the Royal Academy of Music Susie Sainsbury Theatre and Angela Burgess Recital Hall by Ian Ritchie Architects and the QS-07 offices by Alexander Martin Architects. Good luck to all at the awards in September!
Equals at New London Awards
Equals attended the New London Awards held yesterday at the Guildhall in London. We were proud that two of our projects won awards at the ceremony. Well done to everyone involved in the Royal Academy of Music Theatre and Recital Hall by Ian Ritchie Architects and British Land’s No 1 Finsbury Avenue by AHMM.
Equals has moved!
As of Monday 2nd July, we have moved to our new office located in Soho.
Our new address is:
130 Shaftesbury Avenue
Please update your records with our new address. Our telephone number and email addresses will remain the same.
We look forward to welcoming you to our new office soon.
Graeme Scott and John Nolan join Equals
Equals is pleased to announce the arrival of Graeme Scott and John Nolan to our project management team.
John Nolan joins us fresh from Cork Institute of Technology after obtaining a first class honors degree in construction management. John has previous experience in Ireland as a project manager working within a civil engineering and construction company where he assisted with surveying, site engineering and cost and quality control.
Graeme Scott has recently moved here from Canada, bringing with him project management experience within a construction and contract management background. Graeme has worked on and managed various large scale industrial construction projects.
Sam Rogers joins Equals
Equals is pleased to announce the arrival of Sam Rogers to our project management team.
Sam joins us as a senior project manager bringing 20 years’ of industry experience, including expertise in both construction and commercial projects. Sam has worked on a diverse range of projects within the education, healthcare and high end residential sectors with a proven track record of delivering complex projects within sensitive environments.
Equals at DataCloud Europe 2018
Neil Rutherford will be attending the DataCloud Europe 2018 congress in Monaco.
New Tank Museum Workshops Completed
The Tank Museum’s new state-of-the-art vehicle conservation workshops have been completed and were recently opened by Princess Anne. The workshops are the fourth phase of the Museum’s redevelopment, and will provide outreach facilities, conservation to the collection and maintenance of the running fleet.
Equals provided project management and employers agent services on the new centre as well as providing strategic advice to help the Museum with the scheme prior to submitting their HLF bid. The project was delivered under budget.
Richard Smith, Director of the Tank Museum said, “Equals have been instrumental in helping us to deliver these new workshops, from their inception through to completion they pro-actively managed risks throughout and devised and managed a programme that ensured delivery for our royal opening.”
Equals Tender Price Inflation Report Q2 2018
The latest issue of our quarterly inflation report is now available to view.
In this update we continue to forecast 2.0% tender price inflation for 2018, 3% in 2019 and 4% in 2020.
New Macallan Distillery Opens on Speyside
Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has revealed the new distillery and visitor experience for The Macallan. The new distillery and visitor experience is located on the stunning Easter Elchies estate, which has been home to the leading luxury single malt since 1824. Edrington is investing £500 million in the brand of which the £140 million distillery is the centre piece. The new distillery will enable production of The Macallan to increase by a third if required.
Equals provided project and cost management on the project, working with architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and the project team from the project’s inception to completion to deliver this striking piece of contemporary architecture. The undulating timber roof structure is one of the most complicated timber roof structures in the world, comprising 380,000 individual components.
Graham Hutcheon, Managing Director Group Operations, Edrington said: “The successful construction of this exciting new distillery and visitor experience has been made possible through hard work, commitment, innovation and collaboration driven by our team.”
Royal Academy of Music Theatre wins RICS and RIBA awards
We are delighted that The Royal Academy of Music theatre and recital hall has won two awards this week; a RICS London award and a RIBA regional award. We provided cost management on the project, designed by Ian Ritchie Architects – congratulations to everyone involved!
Tips for Procuring Better FE Building Project Outcomes
This month, we look at the key areas to think about when procuring a project in the FE sector. Developments in the education sector often require a reconsideration of the buildings and facilities that support curriculum delivery. Engaging with the construction and property industries can be an infrequent and, often, expensive and challenging experience for many senior managers in the Further Education sector. This short article outlines six key considerations to enable better outcomes.
Wakefield Rutland Mills wins planning
Planning approval has been secured for a major redevelopment of a series of Grade II listed Victorian mill buildings on the River Calder in Wakefield, designed by Hawkins Brown. The scheme will provide a diverse and mixed use creative and cultural cluster and a series of unique spaces will be created, providing opportunities to accommodate small businesses such as a microbrewery, hotel, craft workshops, studios and food markets.
Equals have worked closely with the client team, City and Provincial Properties, to fully understand the scope of the project and accurately forecast the associated construction cost.
Kristyna Francova joins Equals
Equals is pleased to announce the arrival of Kristyna who joins our growing team.
Kristyna joins us as a project manager with a wide range of experience delivering both new-build and refurbishment works. Kristyna has delivered projects within the commercial, retail and health care sectors, in Prague, EMEA and the UK.
Equals appointed on West Pier Kiosk
Equals is delighted to have been appointed as Project Manager and Cost Consultant on the West Pier Kiosk restoration project in Brighton.
The West Pier Trust is planning to restore an octagonal kiosk which was original to the 1866 pier and salvaged in 1996, and the kiosk will be located in the new landscaped area adjacent to the BAi360. The kiosk will be restored to its original form, and once completed the kiosk will be a Seaside Learning Centre allowing the public to not only enjoy the new facility but to also remember the glory of the original pier.
Anthology Wembley Parade starts on site
We are pleased to announce that construction has commenced at the Anthology Wembley Parade project, a residential development consisting of 195 homes, part of the masterplan surrounding Wembley Stadium in North London where Equals is providing commercial management services.
Following the completion of the demolition works in February 2018, the piling operations and groundworks are now well underway and good progress is being made. The focus is currently on procuring the façade and M&E packages. The project is due to complete early in 2020.
Damien Tuffy and Stuart Waite join Equals
Equals is pleased to announce the arrival of Damien Tuffy and Stuart Waite who join our growing team.
Damien joins us as a project manager with a wide range of experience delivering large, complex and challenging projects within the commercial, education and retail sectors, in the UK, Ireland and the US. In his previous roles as both project manager and site manager, he has worked with clients such as Selfridges & Co. and the London Borough of Hounslow.
Stuart joins us as a senior quantity surveyor with over 14 years’ experience within the construction industry. Stuart has a wide range of experience, having delivered numerous projects within the commercial, education, residential and hotel sectors working with clients including Capital & Counties, CitizenM Hotels and West Kent College.
Royal Academy of Music Theatre Completes
The Royal Academy of Music have completed their new recital hall and major refurbishment and new build works to the existing theatre. Equals provided cost management services on the project, situated within a Grade II listed building and designed by Ian Ritchie Architects. The new theatre has increased audience capacity by 40% and includes state-of-the-art stage and recording facilities. The scheme also includes a new 100 seat roof-top recital hall and improvements to back and front of house facilities.
The new lobby creates a light and airy link between the old and new buildings and the new theatre lighting features a stunning display of 600 fibre-optic crystals.
Equals at Data Centre World 2018
Neil Rutherford and Gary Woollard will be attending Data Centre World on 21 – 22 March 2018 at ExCel London.
Bristol Hippodrome Refurbishment Complete
The Bristol Hippodrome is a Grade II listed, 2000 seat capacity auditorium and is part of the Ambassadors Theatre Group. ATG has undergone significant improvements including the installation of a new lighting system, brand new orchestra pit lift system (installed by Unusual Rigging) and new seating, as well as improvements to the back of house facilities.
Equals provided project management services on the project, working with ATG to coordinate works packages and scheduling of contractors to ensure the project was delivered smoothly and on time.
Slade Gardens wins planning approval
Planning approval has been secured by Max Architects for the new community centre for the Slade Gardens Community Play Association in Lambeth. The scheme aims to be a focal point for the local community, encompassing multiple charities, community needs and social functions. The new community centre will provide community space, children’s play space, administrative offices, cafe and public amenities.
We are providing cost management services on the scheme and have played a crucial role in ensuring the emerging design can be delivered within budget. We have also advised the client and design team on the various procurement and tender strategies available to achieve the key drivers for the project.
Sean Starling joins Equals
Equals is pleased to announce the arrival of Sean Starling to our cost management team.
Sean joins us as Technical Director bringing over 20 years’ of experience within the property industry, including ten years with a large multi-disciplinary consultant and prior to this, fourteen years with a leading international building contractor.
Sean has worked on a wide variety of projects including residential, large mixed-use developments and international office schemes within the EMEA region, Asia and Europe.
Equals Tender Price Inflation Report – Q1 2018
The latest issue of our quarterly inflation report is now available to view.
In this update we continue to forecast 2.0% tender price inflation for 2018, 3% in 2019 and 4% in 2020. The report considers the continuing impact of ongoing uncertainty relating to the final post BREXIT arrangements of the UK.
Equals attending MIPIM 2018
Michael, Caroline and Declan will be attending MIPIM 2018.
Ciaran Dolan joins Equals
Equals is pleased to announce the arrival of Ciaran Dolan to our cost management teams.
Ciaran joins us as Technical Director bringing almost 20 years’ of experience in project and cost management, gained from working for both construction consultancy firms and a leading main contractor, Laing O’Rourke.
Ciaran has worked on projects in several sectors, particularly offices and industrial projects. He has completed numerous projects in the UK, Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa and has held responsibility for leading teams in all aspects of pre-and post-contract services.
Royal Opera House Amphi Level Bar and Restaurant starts on site
As part of the wider Open Up project at The Royal Opera House (ROH) we are providing project management and contract administration services on the refurbishment of the Amphitheatre bar and restaurant, which also includes the formation of a new Winter Garden overlooking Covent Garden. Works recently started on site, and the new space will offer a greater capacity for both formal and informal dining. Studio Linse are the lead designer for the internal fit out of the restaurant and bar, with Stanton Williams the principal designer for the Winter Garden.
Works are taking place whilst the Opera House continues to function as a world leading performing arts institution, with this particular project having a significant interface with ongoing ROH operations. Equals are working very closely with the ROH and main contractor, 3 Interiors, to ensure there is no disruption to the main performance programme and ongoing visitor experience.
Portland Place, listed building approval
Equals are providing cost management, project management and contract administrator services to provide Argo / Investec with high specification offices at 17 Portland Place. The property is a Grade II* listed building in the heart of the Marylebone conservation area. Listed building consent and planning approval has been secured for the scheme to sympathetically refurbish it into high grade offices and sub-lettable space from its previous use as a conference centre. The scheme will restore the important historic fabric of the Adams Brothers designed building to provide 1,212sqm of space.
We have worked alongside the architects Found Associates to develop the scheme up to tender and will now proceed to construction. Following tendering the main fit works, we will look to commence in March 2018.
Pocket’s Whiting Avenue wins planning approval
Equals are providing cost management and employers agent services on a new residential development in Barking, East London for developer Pocket Living. Planning approval was secured for the 78 unit development which consists of two blocks, with a walkway through as well as communal gardens and hard and soft landscaping. In keeping with Pocket Living’s ethos of providing affordable homes for London’s workforce, the scheme consists solely of one bedroom Pocket apartments. Pocket Living will deliver this scheme using modular methods of construction, helping to ensure the construction programme is optimised, as well as ensuring quality by utilising off-site construction.
Gary Woollard and Liam Sumner join Equals
Equals is pleased to announce the arrival of two new members of our team, Gary Woollard and Liam Sumner, who join our cost management team.
Gary joins us as an Associate bringing over 28 years’ of experience within the construction industry as an engineering services quantity surveyor, having previously worked for EC Harris and Core Five. Gary is an expert within the mission critical sector as well as having worked on a wide variety of projects including corporate real estate, residential, large mixed-use developments, office schemes and leisure.
Liam joins us as a Senior Quantity Surveyor from Capita and has a wide range of experience including listed buildings, high end hospitality, fast paced commercial projects and large scale residential developments.
Equals appointed on Dockley Road
We are delighted to have been appointed as project and cost managers by developer Matching Green on their Dockley Road scheme in Southwark.
The exciting new scheme is a residential led mixed use development of 111 mixed tenure residential units and commercial space at ground level. Designed by French architect Poggi and S/333 in collaboration with Southwark council, one of Dockley’s expressed purposes is to provide more modern commercial space that dovetails in with the living space above.
Blackheath Halls wins planning approval
Equals are providing cost management services at Blackheath Halls; part of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
The project passed a significant milestone when planning approval was secured for the refurbishment project. The proposed works provide improved audience comfort, sight lines and acoustics within the main hall through the installation of a tiered retractable seating system, levelling of the stage and improvements to the lighting and ventilation systems.
Major improvements to the halls facilities are also proposed, including the refurbishment of the foyer, bar and WCs. This work follows on from the repair of the existing main roof earlier this year.
Graduate Opportunities – everyone has a voice at Equals
This year Equals is pleased to have shared exciting graduate opportunities with students interested in joining our project and cost management teams in London.
We enjoyed speaking to the students and sharing some of our knowledge and experience of the construction and property sector while being able to provide a taster of what working with Equals is about and the exciting career paths we are able to offer. Here is one of our team members, Laura, presenting at the QS Careers Fair at Dublin Institute of Technology.
Equals attending Museums Association Conference 2017
James Sheppard will be attending the Museums Association Conference 2017 in Manchester.
Equals appointed to ‘Places for People’ Procurement Hub
Equals has recently secured a position on the Places for People, Procurement Hub DPS for quantity surveying, employer’s agent, project management, and building surveying services.
Procurement Hub is part of Places for People, one of the UK’s largest property management, development and regeneration companies.
It is responsible for more than 140,000 properties and over 100 leisure centres across the UK and currently provide services to over 500,000 people.
The DPS has, with the recent changes to the Public Contract Regulations (2015), become a more considered and used option in public sector procurement – open to all public sector clients and offering savings by simplifying the procurement processes.
The public sector is currently navigating through a chaotic and challenging period and is crying out for ‘new ideas and new people’ to provide solutions, and quickly. The DPS is the perfect opportunity to stimulate the market, and fast track the solutions that are desperately needed.
The DPS is free to join, at any time, and offers the same benefits as a framework. Find out more here: http://www.placesforpeople.co.uk/services/procurement_hub.aspx
Latest Report – Briefing for a Successful STEM Building
This month, we look at the key areas to think about when writing a brief for a STEM teaching building. With many institutions seeking to expand their STEM capacity and teaching capability to meet national, regional and local policy ambitions it is essential that any new STEM building meets (and exceeds) its requirements.
Joe Green and Beatrice Conchado join Equals
Equals is pleased to announce the arrival of two new members of our team, Joe Green and Beatrice Conchado, who join our project management team.
Both Joe and Beatrice bring with them experience in the arts and culture sector, with Joe joining us from Mace and having previously worked on the World Exhibitions and Conservation Centre for the British Museum, while Beatrice previously worked at the Natural History Museum on several projects. They will both be working on the Open Up project at the Royal Opera House.
Equals attending MIPIM UK 2017
Simon Birchall will be attending MIPIM UK this year.
Latest FE capability
Our latest leaflet featuring our FE Capital Projects capability is now available to view.
Equals appointed on West Herts College Phase 2
Equals have recently been appointed to provide project and cost management on Phase 2 of the West Herts College Dacorum Campus as part of their overall masterplan in Hemel Hempstead, designed by IBI Group.
We were instrumental in the development of the overall Dacorum Campus master plan and successfully delivered Phase 1 in 2017 which consisted of site preparation, demolition, construction and fit-out of new teaching space, learning resource spaces, teaching facilities and refectory.
We advised on a strategy to design, procure and construct the scheme quickly in line with funding requirements; dovetailing design completion and achievement of planning consent to enable construction to commence and the College to take possession during the Easter half-term in 2017, which allowed commencement of Section 2 of the works including demolition of old teaching blocks.
Phase 2 will provide permanent specialist teaching space for engineering and construction subjects (motor, electrical, plumbing, carpentry) as well as ancillary staff facilities.
The overall master plan intent is to modernise the Campus while improving the relationship between the College, businesses, town centre and other nearby public amenities.
Equals at the Races
Equals officially said goodbye to the British Summer on the 1st of September by escaping to the Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher for our annual away day. With the sun shining and the team ditching their office attire for something a little more glamourous, it was a brilliant day for team building in a great setting, with a phenomenal view of the entire racecourse.
The day’s events were kicked off with a welcome speech from our MD Michael Martin alongside a very enjoyable and delicious afternoon tea and lunch. A fantastic day all round for those that could attend.
Equals welcomes new apprentices
Equals is pleased to welcome three new apprentices, Michael McCann, Patrick Stainton and Laura Smith. Our apprentices are all working towards RICS qualifications while developing their professional skills through experience on a wide range of Equals projects. Our approach to apprenticeships is consistent with our business objective of attracting, developing and promoting the best talent. It demonstrates our commitment to supporting the future needs of our profession and industry.
In addition, we are also recruiting at all grades from graduate through to qualified and experienced senior staff to work on a wide range of exciting projects and to strengthen our capability and service offering. To find out more, please visit our careers page.
Equals appointed on 55-61 Brewery Road
We are delighted to have been appointed as cost managers on 55-61 Brewery Road, a commercial scheme for developer Atlas Properties. Designed by Squire and Partners, the new development is creating circa 1,100m² of light industrial and Cat A office space in Islington, and is designed to meet the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard.
Equals attending NHF Conference 2017
Tom Geard will be attending the National Housing Federation conference at the ICC in Birmingham, the leading conference for the housing sector.
Latest Report – Property Rationalisation and Mergers in FE Colleges
This month we discuss some of the challenges FE colleges are facing in the wake of the recent Government Area Reviews. Ian Ashman, former college principal and FE adviser to Equals, considers potential approaches to property planning and implementation associated with college mergers.
Equals appointed on ‘Procurement for All’ DPS
Equals has recently secured a position on the Procurement for All Development Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for project and cost management and employer’s agent services. The DPS has, with the recent changes to the Public Contract Regulations (2015), become a more considered and used option in public sector procurement – open to all public sector clients and offering savings by simplifying the procurement processes.
The public sector is currently navigating through a chaotic and challenging period (i.e. Grenfell Tower tragedy) and is crying out for ‘new ideas and new people’ to provide solutions, and quickly. The DPS is the perfect opportunity to stimulate the market, and fast track the solutions that are desperately needed.
Procurement for All includes 21 social housing providers, and any public sector body can join and utilise the system to tender for supplier services. The DPS will be refreshed annually, and re-procured every 5 years.
The DPS is free to join, at any time, and offers the same benefits as a framework.
The Tank Museum secures Heritage Lottery Funding
The Tank Museum at Bovington, Dorset has secured support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a £2.1 million grant to build a 16,000 sq ft, seven-bay tank workshop and launch an apprentice training scheme. This initiative will provide young people aged 18-25 with the vital skills to get jobs as well as creating more space for the Museum to maintain its fleet. The fund will go towards a new tank restoration centre, two new exhibitions and more support for volunteers.
Equals are project managers on the new centre and provided strategic advice to help the Museum with the scheme prior to submitting their HLF bid.
Slade Gardens submitted for planning
We are delighted that a scheme for a new community centre for the Slade Gardens Community Play Association has been submitted for planning. The project is part of Slade Gardens public park in Lambeth and the centre is set to become a focal point for the local community, encompassing multiple charities, community needs and social functions. The proposed new centre will include community space, a children’s play space, administrative offices, a cafe and public amenities.
Working with Max Architects, we have provided cost management services on the project so far.
Michael Martin, Managing Director of Equals said “We are very pleased this scheme has gone into planning, as it will be of great benefit to the local community. We are also working on a youth and community centre for the Fourth Feathers in Marylebone and are delighted we can help community ventures such as these to realise their plans to enable lasting community support in central London.”
Royal Academy of Music Topping Out Ceremony
The Royal Academy of Music held a topping out ceremony last week for its new theatre and recital hall project, marking the installation of the glazed oculus. The Academy is transforming its old theatre with brand new facilities, designed by Ian Ritchie Architects, which will offer students a practical and versatile performance space and create an inviting audience experience. The rebuilding of the theatre will allow for a 40% increase in seating capacity and includes a state-of-the-art stage, a new balcony and a new 100-seat roof-top Recital Hall.
Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal of the Academy, said: ‘These fantastic new facilities will have a transformational effect on the professional prospects of the world’s most talented young musicians, and the event afforded a brief moment of true anticipation and excitement as we begin to see how this exceedingly complicated project is now thrillingly on the home straight. The expertise, dedication and teamwork to make this happen – across all the parties involved – was reflected in the collective pride of the occasion.’
We are providing cost management services on the scheme within the Grade II listed building, and our challenges have involved major refurbishment work in a functional Academy. Construction work by Osborne began 2015 and the new venues are expected to be open and ready for productions beginning in 2018.
WCEC Project Shortlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize
We are thrilled to announce that one of our projects, the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC) at the British Museum has been shortlisted for a RIBA Stirling Prize 2017, following the win of both a regional and national RIBA award.
The judges said: “This building is the realisation of an extremely complicated brief in terms of spatial challenges, technical requirements, and engineering technologies. Its achievement derives from the elegant and simple way these challenges are met, while maintaining a clear and coherent diagram and a refined and rational building enclosure.”
Equals acted as project managers and provided the main interface with Mace, the construction managers. The hard work of the design team and of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in particular has been recognised by this huge achievement.
Tibits new Bankside restaurant opens
Tibits is a stylish, delicious vegan and vegetarian restaurant concept with restaurants in Heddon Street, off Regent Street in London and in Switzerland. Expanding their London offer, Tibits have proudly opened a new restaurant in Southwark Street, close to the Tate Modern on Bankside and held a successful soft launch opening last week. We provided both project and cost management as well as contract administration services on the new, modern restaurant, offering approximately 120 covers.
We advised on a strategy to procure and construct the scheme quickly; dovetailing design completion and achievement of planning consent to enable the restaurant to begin trading as soon as possible. Emrys Architects designed the new space, which also includes a glazed seating area to the rear of the building.
124 Southwark Street, SE1 0SW
12-14 Heddon Street, W1B 4DA
Anthology appoints Equals on Wembley Parade
Equals is delighted to have been appointed as Quantity Surveyor and Employers Agent on Anthology Wembley Parade, Anthology’s next residential development.
The scheme, designed by Grid Architects, is part of the masterplan surrounding Wembley stadium and comprises the redevelopment of the former Amex House site at 1 to 4 North End Road into 195 residential homes, together with landscaped courtyard, part naturalisation of Wealdstone Brook, car park spaces and associated works.
Equals Director, Simon Birchall, said “We are thrilled to be involved in this exciting Anthology scheme developing quality new homes in London.”
Equals Tender Price Inflation Report – Q2 2017
Equals Inflation Report for 2nd Quarter 2017 is now available. In this update we continue to forecast 2.0% tender price inflation for 2017 and 2018 and 3% in 2019. The report considers the continuing impact of BREXIT on the industry and how the outcome of the June 2017 General Election has perpetuated further economic uncertainty.
Kings College School Wimbledon Topping Out Ceremony
King’s College School Wimbledon held a topping out ceremony for their new music school a few weeks ago. We are providing project and cost management on the project, and the ceremony represented the mid point of construction and the culmination of the glue laminated timber frame.
The finished project, designed by Hopkins Architects, will have a recital room, new suite of sound-proofed practice rooms and control room along with associated offices and facilities for staff and pupils. The concert hall will accommodate an audience of 200 and a 70-piece orchestra. Construction work by Interserve began summer 2016 and the project is due to finish Q1 next year.