Equals attending Social Housing Annual Conference 2017
Tom Geard will be attending the one day Social Housing Annual conference in Aldersgate, London.
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.
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.
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 attending RESI 2017
Tom Geard from Equals will be attending RESI 2017 at Celtic Manor, the leading conference for the residential sector. http://www.resiconf.com/
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.
Equals attending Housing 2017
Tom Geard and Simon Birchall from Equals will be attending CIH in Manchester this year, the leading conference for housing associations, local authorities, housebuilders, funders, contractors and advisors.
Attached is a brief summary of our expertise and capability in the sector.
V&A Museum Shop Re-Opens
The doors to the V&A Museum shop were open to the public last month after undergoing its £1.5 million redesign and transformation project to introduce a contemporary approach to retail, providing a more flexible, creative space. The well-lit new shop is located at the heart of its surrounding galleries and features industrial steel, bespoke ceramic tiles and wood, and incorporates the latest digital manufacturing and fabrication techniques.
Equals acted as project managers, and developed a procurement and delivery strategy that ensured the works were accomplished quickly during an exhibition changeover. We played a key role in ensuring that the designers produced information to support the alteration of the base build M&E as well as the fixtures and fittings, and we acted as contract administrator for the delivery.
Congratulations Helen for completing the PedElle challenge
Last month saw the successful completion of PedElle; a charity ride organised by Club Peloton to raise money for Coram, the UK’s oldest children’s charity. Over 40 women from across the property industry took on the 3 day, 500km cycling adventure from Porto to Lisbon. Helen Gray returned triumphant and in one piece, despite facing a few obstacles along the way. The ride raised more than £35,000.
Helen says “It was a great experience meeting other successful women within the industry and having the opportunity to spend 3 days getting to know each other. PedElle is a great way of breaking down barriers and encouraging women in both their careers in property and their cycling. Given the opportunity, I would 100% do it again”.
WCEC Project wins a RIBA London award
We are excited to announce that one of our projects; the World Conservation & Exhibitions Centre (WCEC) at the British Museum won a regional RIBA award at the RIBA awards ceremony in London on Monday 22nd May. The award was collected by John McElgunn from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Tony Wilson from Equals.
The WCEC project at the British Museum comprises a 1,100m² special exhibitions gallery, 6,000m² of conditioned storage space for collection material, and state of the art conservation workshops and scientific research laboratories. The new building also accommodates modern flexible office space, and a logistics and object handling area that facilitates national and international loans.
Equals acted on the project as the client project manager and provided the main interface with the construction manager, Mace. We are delighted that the hard work of the design team and of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in particular has been recognised by this award.
Tom Geard joins Equals
Equals is pleased to announce the arrival of Tom Geard as Director. Having worked in the Construction industry for over 28 years and bringing over 10 years of housing experience, Tom has held senior management roles for industry leading consultancy firms, such as Capita, Mace Group and Turner & Townsend. His more recent 10 years at an Operations Director level saw him leading on significant housing regeneration and development projects and programmes.
Tom will continue to work closely with local authorities, housing associations and developers in assisting them with meeting the challenges of resolving the housing crisis and providing solutions and actions to guarantee success.
Blackheath Halls – Phase One Complete
Blackheath Halls; a Grade II listed building located in South East London (part of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance), considered to be one of the oldest purpose-built concert halls still in existence, recently completed phase one of a major programme of refurbishment and restoration work.
As contract administrator and cost managers on the scheme, we ensured the project successfully delivered its aim in increasing the overall thermal performance of the building and enhancing artist and audience experience. The refurbishment consisted of a new slate roof including restoration of the existing roof coverings, works brick friezes and architectural features.
Piccadilly Theatre Re-Opens
Equals acted as project managers for the refurbishment of the Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End. The theatre is part of the Ambassadors Theatre Group and was originally built in 1928. It re-opened last week with a triple bill of plays from Russia’s reknowned Moscow Sovremennik Theatre, following a short dark period in which the works were completed, though preparatory works also took place while the previous show was playing.
The works involved a major refurbishment of the theatre’s fibrous plaster ceiling, removal of an unsightly 1970’s metal gantry and installation of a new chandelier and house lighting. We meticulously planned and prepared in order to safely complete the works around existing performances and within a restricted dark period.
James Sheppard, Director, said “It was critical that the theatre was able to re-open when planned, and we are delighted that the project was completed on time, testament to the enthusiasm and capability of everyone involved.”
David Segelman joins Equals
Equals is pleased to announce a new member of staff who recently joined us, David Segelman. David joins our project management team, and has over fifteen years’ experience in the construction industry. David has worked both in the UK and South Africa on a variety of projects including refurbishments and new build projects within such diverse sectors such as retail, office, manufacturing, leisure, and healthcare. David was most recently Head of Projects and Facilities for the retailer Lush before joining Equals.
Opening Up the Royal Opera House
Last month an exciting (and for some, rather nerve-racking) milestone was passed on the Open Up Project at the Royal Opera House (ROH). Central to the project is the principal of opening up the building to make it more welcoming and accessible to visitors throughout the day and evening.
The transformation of the main foyer at ground level is at the heart of the changes being made and earlier this year work began to remove the concrete piers holding up the cast iron and glass structure that is the impressive Paul Hamlyn Hall. By doing this, the public will in future be met by an expansive, open elevation as they view the ROH on Bow Street.
To allow the piers to be removed, a large transfer truss spanning 17 metres and weighing a hefty 14 tonne was carefully installed to take the load of the building above. Completed over a period of a few weeks, the truss is now successfully doing its intended job, with minimal deflection sustained and no impact on the Paul Hamlyn Hall above, which continued to be in public use throughout. Installation of the façade glazing will shortly commence which will further help give a sense of shape the space being created.
‘Hub’ Hotel wins planning approval
The Lillie Road hotel development passed a significant milestone this week when planning approval was secured for the scheme. The seven story concept hotel, designed by Allies and Morrison, is being constructed in the heart of the high profile Lillie Square development in West Brompton. Equals have been providing project and cost management services to the developer Banham Security Holding Limited, and played an important role in obtaining local authority approval to commence with this challenging construction project in an area where there is significant simultaneous construction activity and regeneration.
Alan Oliver joins to lead Health Sector
Equals is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Oliver as Director. Alan joins from Capita where he led infrastructure solutions for strategic partnerships in the health sector.
Alan brings 30 years industry experience holding senior roles in blue chip main contracting and consultancy services at Carillion, Vinci and Capita. Alan has specialised in solutions for health and social care for the last ten years and joins the team at Equals to drive the continued growth of the business into this sector.
Commenting on his appointment, Alan said “I am delighted to be joining the Equals team. As the healthcare landscape adapts to reflect ever increasing demand and cost pressures, Equals comes well equipped to provide services and solutions that generate value and savings. I look forward to expanding Equals excellent reputation into this exciting sector”