Lambeth College – Nine Elms Campus

Lambeth College – Nine Elms STEAM Centre

Overview

Lambeth College is the largest provider of skills training for young people and adults in the London Borough of Lambeth and is an important education facility and a large employer within the Borough.

The redevelopment of the site as an education-led scheme. The revised scheme allows for a substantial increase in educational floorspace, as well as a smaller element of student residential development and a shared workspace as part of a new business incubation and innovation hub

Introduction

Since the summer of 2017 Peter Marsh Consulting Ltd (PMc) has been working with Lambeth college to develop an education-led redevelopment of their existing site at Nine Elms in Lambeth. A Skills for Growth funding bid was submitted to the London Education Action Partnership (LEAP) in April 2018 which set out the detailed business case for the Science Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM) Centre that forms the first phase of the redevelopment of the site.

We worked with the design team led by APLB to deliver a RIBA Stage 2 report, which formed part of the successful bid for £22.5m funding which we wrote to support the construction of the £45m new STEAM Centre on the College’s Nine Elms Campus. In the summer of 2019, following a competitive tender process via the Bloom Framework we were appointed as Project Managers from stage 3b onwards. The building is being designed, following  extensive engagement with stakeholders to ensure that the end result is a transformational learning environment, which inspires learners, responds to employers’ skills needs, meets staff’s requirements and is adaptable to the curricula of the future. The funding bid was successful and the final funding agreement for the project was signed in September 2019.

Taking the space planning brief, we produced as a point of reference, options were explored to reach an optimum depth and primary structural grid to most efficiently provide the room sizes defined by the brief, whilst enabling flexibility and adaptability both internally and in conjunction with glazing and facade solutions.

By establishing a building grid into which standard room sizes fit, internal partition walls could then be located at any point along the length of the plan, flexibility was designed in. By establishing a straightforward and efficient layout with a central corridor, the building design provides for easy navigation and simple circulation routes. Rather than create a single large atrium that is passed through at the start and end of the day, the building includes as series of larger double-height ‘Digital Spine’ spaces at the prominent South-East corner of the building which provide a range of cross-college facilities and create a series of shop-windows looking up to the busier Wandsworth Road.

A core requirement of the brief is to ensure flexibility is designed into the STEAM building, so that it is inclusive, future proofed and sustainable.  The scheme was submitted or planning approval in July 2019 in detailed form with the wider site-wide master plan of a further 28,000 m2 submitted in outline form.

In November 2019 the scheme was considered by Lambeth Council as the Local Planning Authority and a resolution to grant permission was agreed.  In June 2020 the scheme was subsequently referred to and approved by the Mayor for London.  Following completion of Stage 4 design development the project is now out to tender via the Pagabo framework. 

Key Facts

  • Building area: 10,050 m2
  • Total Project Budget:   £45m
  • Start on site: Anticipated Autumn 2020
  • Target completion date: Summer 2022
  • Architects: APLB
  • Technical Advisors: Rock Townsend
  • Funder: London Education Action Partnership (LEAP)
  • Project Manager & Employer’s Agent: Peter Marsh Consulting
  • Cost Consultant: Fulkers Russel Bailey

The Projects Objectives are: 

  • Respond to current and future skills requirements of employers and for over 2,500 full and part-time learners, improve quality of provision and learner satisfaction, progression and success rates;
  • Support over 400 new apprenticeships per year and increased progression to the highest levels of vocational and technical study;
  • Generate 250 construction jobs during the course of construction;
  • Creation of 74 new flexible teaching spaces providing 1,350 student workplaces; and,
  • Establish strong and innovative partnership with employers and local stakeholders.

 

To read the latest on planning permission for the project, please see the link below:

https://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/18064602.controversial-tower-block-lambeth-college-plans-approved/

Project Team

Havant & South Downs College

Havant and South Downs College (HSDC)

Introduction

Havant and South Downs College (HSDC) have an important role in supporting the acquisition of skills, promotion of learning and supporting the cultural and social development of the town of Havant and its surrounding areas.

PMc were approached by HSDC in 2017 to produce an Estates Strategy for the merger between Havant College and South Downs College. Following the approval of the Estates Strategy and subsequent merger, PMc were retained as client advisors to project manage the outcomes of the piece of work.

In 2018, PMc updated the Estates Strategy to facilitate the merger with Alton College which was approved in February 2019.

Throughout this period PMc have been retained by the College as Client Advisors and Project Managers on the following projects:

  • £200K refurbishment of the South Downs Reception;
  • £150K refurbishment of the Havant Reception;
  • Worked with the College on potential land sale on the South Downs Campus;
  • Submitted bids to the Solent LEP on behalf of the College;
  • Assisted with the proposed sports-led development on the Havant campus; and,

Secured £500K T-Levels funding from the Department for Education.  

Overview

HSDC are now currently in the process of implementing its agreed Estates Strategy.  Phase 1 saw the refurbishment of reception areas at both the South Downs and the Havant site, Phase 2 saw over £1M invested in the refurbishment of the Havant site – with further works carried out during summer 2019.

The next phase – which is due to commence in summer 2020 – is to begin the transformation of the South Downs campus main building to create a central hub to the college, enhance the students experience and meet modern learning needs. The transformation of this space will also include the creation of a new home for T-Level courses in construction and digital industries.

Main Building Transformation: Objectives

  • Building Area (Refurbishment): 4,859m2 across two floors.
  • Total Project Budget: £6M; Part T-Level Funded;
  • Start Date: Easter 2020;
  • Planned Completion Dates: September 2020 & September 2021;
  • Architects: LTS;
  • Main Contractor: TBC;
  • M&E Consultants: Elementa;
  • Employer’s Agent, Project Managers, Bid Writers & Cost Consultant: Peter Marsh Consulting

 

Testimonial

“I appointed Peter and PMc to work with us to lead the estates work-stream and develop our property strategy because of his track record of leading major developments at Farnham and elsewhere, the respect with which he is held by our regulator (the SFA), and the confidence he inspires in potential funders including the Solent LEP and other partners. The PMc team have demonstrated empathy with our vision and have already helped shape the merger advisory board’s early thinking. We look forward to working with Peter and his team to develop an accommodation strategy for the new college that is ambitious, deliverable and firmly rooted in the educational mission of the new institution.”

Mike Gaston, Principal and Chief Executive of South Downs College

Project Team

2020 South Downs Main Building
2018 Havant Refurbishment Works
2017 South Downs Reception Remodelling

CETC

Fareham College - Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC)

Introduction

The new Fareham College Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC) project provides a permanent home for the College’s pioneering Civil Engineering and Ground Works Apprenticeships which has been developed in direct response to employer needs.  

The £4m project provides just over 1,000 square metres of high quality teaching and learning space adjacent to the College’s award winning CEMAST project on the Solent Airport site.

PMc performed the roles of Bid writers, Client Advisors, Project Managers and Cost Consultants in the delivery of this project working closely with the College, Hampshire County Council Property Services (the Architects to Stage 4), Amiri (the main contractor), Blanchard Wells (lead ground works subcontractor) and the team from the Solent LEP.

Overview

The business case for the new premises was developed in response to a to a nation-wide skills shortage which is having an impact on the deliverability of major civil engineering works in the south and Solent area. As a result, this innovative employer-led project will deliver more than 1,600 groundwork and civil engineering apprenticeships, with the high quality classroom space being utilised to teach higher level professional construction courses such as Building Surveying and Project Management. 

Key Facts

Heading #1
Building size
1000 sqm
Total project costs (including land purchase)
£4M
Start on site
January 2019
Completion date
October 2019
Architects
HCC Property Services
Main contractor
Amiri Construction
Employers agent & cost consultant
Peter Marsh Consulting

Projects Objectives:

  • Deliver first class apprenticeships
  • Provide a functional site for both classroom and practical teaching

Project Team

Fareham College – Bishopsfield Road Campus

Fareham College, Bishopsfield Road Campus

Introduction

We have worked with Fareham College to create new learning spaces that will help shape the future careers of thousands of young people and adults.

We worked with the College to develop an ambitious property strategy that helped raise the necessary funding to invest £28m between 2013 and 2016 in new technology and facilities which will provide learners from Fareham, Gosport and surrounding areas with the very best educational experience.

The College’s new £12 million Centre for Excellence in Engineering Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training – CEMAST – opened in September 2014; it exceeded its 900 learner recruitment target in its first two years of operation and has won numerous accolades from the Solent LEP and Hampshire County Council as well as awards from the Civic Trust, LABC and Space.

In the summer of 2014 a £9.5m site sale of excess land owned by the college was agreed with Bloor Homes creating 110 new homes adjacent to the main campus.

The main campus at Bishopsfield Road offers courses in art, design, photography, fashion and graphics, performing arts, music, hospitality and catering, beauty and hairdressing, travel and tourism, construction, business, computing and digital industries.

The detailed space planning of the site allowed the new development to remain at the right size and fund major improvements to it including the sale of excess land which was developed into a residential area

Work on the new £16 million Bishopsfield Road Campus at Fareham College started in June 2014 and the new campus was opened on time to learners in September 2015. The release of land at the southern site of the campus saw the creation of 110 new homes by residential developer; Bloor Homes. The £9.5m receipt from the advanced site disposal, together with £5m from the Government’s Skills Funding Agency have helped create state-of-the-art facilities for the College’s learners with workshops, laboratories, studios and training suites ensuring that students learn in realistic working environments. The new campus offers workshops for a wide range of Construction trades, a Digital Industries Lab, a fully integrated Media, Music and Performing Arts Suite, plus an on-site Gym and Sports Centre.

The works included a 2,000m2 new building with a selection of studios for Digital Industries, Hair & Beauty, Performing Arts, Media and Music plus extensive internal refurbishment and re-cladding of four 1960s buildings to create workshops and classrooms to support learners aiming at careers in construction, health, sports, public services, the arts and childcare.

With an all-in spend of just £2,160 per square metre (including VAT) the BRC project demonstrates how the re-use of existing buildings can help deliver both value for money as well as environmentally sustainable building developments.

The photographs taken throughout the construction process demonstrate the extent of the transformation while the College continued to operate and expand its apprenticeship learner numbers throughout the duration of the project.

In the Autumn of 2017 Fareham College was designated an Outstanding College by Ofsted, with its investment in learning accommodation that reflected real life working environments being noted as a key strength.

Key Facts

  • Building Area: 7,400m2 including 2,000 m2 of new buildings.
  • Total Project Budget: £16M;
  • Funders: Skills Funding Agency and Fareham College;
  • Start Date: July 2014;
  • Completion Date: August 2015;
  • Architects: Perkins Ogden;
  • Main Contractor: Bougues UK Ltd;
  • M&E Consultants: RHB;
  • Structural Engineers: Scott White Hookins.
  • Cost Consultant & Employer’s Agent: AECOM.
  • Site Sale Agent: Hughs Ellard (now Vale Williams).
  • Client Director: Peter Marsh

The Projects Objectives:

  • redevelop the main campus to create an outstanding and inspiring learning environment;
  • space plan the new campus to release surplus land, reduce operating costs and maximise the use of retained space for learning;
  • provide learning facilities for students to be educated for ‘in demand’ industries from digital, science, construction, health, education, hospitality and the arts.

Additional project benefits:

  • In 2017 Fareham College was designated an Outstanding College by Ofsted;
  • Fareham College was named the 2018 AoC College of the year;

Testimonial

“It had been a strategic objective, some would say a ‘dream’, of Fareham College for many years to secure sufficient capital investment funds to transform its campus. Its learning environments were dated, tired and inefficient. It needed to create modern efficient and attractive facilities if it was going to compete against local organisations that were already enjoying new and attractive facilities.

As Principal, I had a vision, but I needed someone to bring it to fruition. Peter Marsh presented the ideal solution; knowledgeable about further education, an expert in project management and with astute financial management, Peter gave Fareham College the required expertise to deliver the ‘dream’.Through the development and implementation of a multi-phase £28m capital investment project, Peter, and the team he led, delivered a combination of new build and refurbishment of the entire college over two campuses in just 1000 days, on time and within budget.

The projects included site acquisition and disposal as well as the build projects, their fit out and commissioning. The CEMAST project has gained national recognition for its attractive and efficient learning environments. Fareham College had the vision, Peter Marsh and his team delivered it!”

Nigel Duncan, Principal and Chief Executive of Fareham College

Project Team

The Henley College

The Henley College

Introduction

The Henley College is located in Henley, Oxfordshire it was formed in 1987 from the merger of the prior South Oxfordshire Technical College and the Henley 6th Form.  Offering a range of both academic and vocational courses, the Sixth Form College operates over their two sites of Rotherfield and Deanfield.

Carrying out further studies that would enable the potential for land disposal across the two sites, in order to raise capital to reinvest in the college. This involved – in partnership with architects APLB, the creation of massing drawings, organising relevant surveys and submitting a preplanning application for the local council. 

Subsequently in 2018 and 2019 PMc have project managed a number of refurbishment works.  

Overview

In consideration of levels of underutilised space and site composition from Victorian, grade A listed to 1980 builds, PMc were initially approached by the College in 2017 to develop an Estates Strategy and long-term plans for the two campuses. This was developed with attention to provision for both planned growth and financial sustainability. Following the approval of the Estates Strategy, PMc were retained as the Colleges’ client advisors to project manage the next phase of works which have comprised the creation of STEM spaces in a number of existing buildings.

Key Facts

Heading #1
Building area (Refurbishment)
661 sqm across the two sites
Total Project Costs
£1M
Funders
OxLEP & The Henley College
Start on site
June 2019
Completion date
September 2019
Architects
LTS
Main contractor
Fasset
Project Manager, Employer’s Agent & Cost Consultant
Peter Marsh Consulting Ltd

The Projects Objectives were: 

  • 661m2 of refurbishments across the two sites;
  • 288m2 creation of a Digital & Creative Arts Hub to improve access between the Rotherfield site and the R4 arts buildings, with further provision of a mac suite, sculpture garden and digital arts facilities;
  • D1 Deanfield refurbishment to create a 373 m2 modern, spacious Digital Skills & Enterprise Hub, named the ‘Cuthbert Suite’. Located near the campus entrance this new space provides a flexible study space with a digital skills café, careers services, pop-up enterprise space and larger digital skills teaching space to support student engagement with future career opportunities.

 

Testimonial

I would like to thank you and your team for helping us to deliver our vision which we set out in January 2017 – PMc have guided us well with our development plans to deliver parts of the vision in a different way to our original plan. It has been a pleasure working with you and your partners to have had the projects delivered well on time, within budget and with the least inconvenience to staff and students.”

Satwant Deol, Principal  

 

“I just wanted to send my thanks for giving the art department an amazing new space and facilities to work from. I went for a walk around today and I have seen the final images and it all looks incredible. It is an ideal space for the art department – the students are going to love being up there.

It is a great asset to the department as well as the college and I am very grateful to you all. Thanks for the hard work and commitment that has been put into setting it up for the area. These rooms along with the new Mac suit will give students and staff the perfect foundation to build on the creative arts area and move it forward. 

I’m very excited to see it all being used this year.”

Sarah Wilson, Curriculum Leader for Creative Industries

 

“I am pleased that with PMc’s support and vision, the projects from last and this summer have delivered on all of the above and importantly are excellent solutions

I have been told by a number of staff and governors, that projects in the past failed to deliver to the same standards as these recent ones, so we should be pleased with our collective performance, but also that we’ve set a high standard and improved the level of confidence amongst stakeholders in our ability to deliver successful projects.”

Ashok Patel, Interim Director of Finance and Operations

 

“I just wanted to say thank you to you both for the new media suite. I appreciate the amount of work and money that has gone into it and I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am. It is the most gorgeous room, it’s going to be amazing. I can’t wait to start teaching in it. Thank you so much for your support and for everything.”

Sarah Wilson, Curriculum Leader for Creative Industries

 

 

Project Team

CEMAST

CEMAST

Introduction

The new Centre for Excellence in Engineering & Manufacturing Advance Skills Training or CEMAST brings together all the Automotive, Engineering and Manufacturing courses run by Fareham College on a single site at Daedalus airfield in Lee-on-the-Solent. The Centre provides training for over 900 Full Time and Part Time Students, and acts as the main learning centre for students in apprenticeship programmes with partner companies such as – BAE Systems, GE Aviation, Virgin Atlantic, Coopervision, Burgess Marine, Jensen Motorsport.

The training is career led – preparing students for work and/or higher study in their chosen field. The CEMAST curriculum has been created in partnership with local industry leaders to ensure that students gain the most relevant and up to date industry knowledge.

CEMAST opened in September 2014 – the result of a collaborative process that began with funding and consultation and ended with a successful construction project.

Key Facts

  • Area: 4,000m²
  • Project cost: £12m
  • Construction cost: £7.3m
  • Start on site: September 2013
  • Completion: July 2014 (on time)
  • Funders: SOLENT LEP, Skills Funding Agency, Hampshire County Council 
  • Procurement method: 2 stage D&B through the iESE framework managed byHampshire County Council Property Services
  • Contractor: Leadbitter – part of the Bouygues UK group
  • Client Project Manager: Peter Marsh Consulting
  • Architect: Perkins Ogden
  • MEP Engineer: RHB
  • Structural Consultant: Scott White Hookins
  • Cost Consultant: Jacobs

The Projects Objectives are: 

  • A new training centre for advanced engineering skills key to the local economy
  • An industry led and enriched curriculum
  • The development of existing and new relationships with employers
  • A learning environment based on real life working conditions
  • The creation of a “community of practice” for staff
  • A catalyst for the regeneration of the local economic community

 

City & Islington College

City and Islington College

Introduction

Back in 2000 City and Islington College operated over 13 sites across the boroughs of Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets.  The estate had been neglected under previous Local Authority control and consisted of seven Victorian London School Board properties, three poorly built late 1950s schools and a number of early 19th century buildings. The experience for students was poor. Buckets were used to catch drips from the roofs, rooms were the wrong size, windows were draughty and the heating broke down. The 1950s buildings had ventilation problems; lighting was often inadequate, drains flooded and many toilets were very unpleasant.

The cost of running the estate was high and the utilisation of space was very inefficient. In 1999, under the Principalship of Tom Jupp and Chairmanship of Jack Morris, the College had raised just over £25m towards their ambitions through the sale of a major site near the City of London.  But the total cost or replacing or refurbishing all 35,000m2 was estimated at £50m and the College faced the possibility of a two-tier estate. The College was blessed with a Governing Body that was not daunted by the challenge it faced but determined to create the best learning environments in FE.

The Projects Included:

  • Sixth Form College at the Angel completed and opened September 2003, Architects: van Heyningen and Haward, Main contractor: Vinci – Norwest Holst 8,500m2
  • Centre for Lifelong Learning at Finsbury Park completed and opened in January 2004, Architects: Wilkinson Eyre, Main contractor: Geoffrey Osborne Ltd, 7,400m2
  • Centre for Applied Sciences refurbishment completed 2004, Architects: Gollifer Langston Associates, Main contractor: Vinci – Norwest Holst, 4,100m2
  • Centre for Business, Arts and Technology at Camden Road, Holloway, completed 2005, Architects: Wilkinson Eyre, Main contractor: William Verry, 10,500m2
  • Centre for Health, Social and Child Care, & administrative headquarters, partly refurbished in 2004, 4,500m2

Key Facts

  • By working closely with the Principal, external advisors, governors and senior civil servants in the DFe and the then LSC, Peter Marsh led the creation of an accommodation strategy (‘Building a Better College’) that successfully levered an additional £14m from the LSC to part-fund works to a new 6th Form College at the Angel, Islington, a new Centre for Lifelong Learning at Finsbury Park and a complete remodelling of the College’s Centre for Businss Arts and Technology (CBAT) at Camden Road, Holloway. 
  • The 6th Form location was switched from Finsbury Park to the Angel, almost as a condition of funding; this was some feat as the building still opened on time and on budget despite this fundamental shift in brief at stage D of the design process.
  • This plan was costed at £50 million in 2001 and the final £64 million spend by 2006 was made possible because of rising property values reflected in the disposal of the old sites allowed the scope of works to expand to include a major refurbishment and new build at the CBAT site. By carefully phasing the site sales with the letting of each building contract the college was able to lever substantial additional benefits into the programme, particularly in ICT and the replacement of tired furniture and equipment.
  • The Capital Projects Team that was led by Peter managed and accounted for the whole operation from 2000 onwards. The team comprised 13 people at the height of the programme in 2003/04; in addition to the building and fit out the team organised 20 separate moves of staff and equipment.  The complex process of site sales and acquisition involved the purchase of a church, a site designated for a hotel and the conversion of several London School Board buildings into smart new apartments. To maximise the value to the College Peter led the appointment of the design teams for the residential conversions and secured planning permission for them prior to sale.

The Projects Objectives are: 

  • To create a world-class learning environment for the benefit of all students at the College.
  • To create five centres of academic and vocational excellence, across four sites in Islington – all part of one amazing college.
  • reduce the running costs of the estate and improve the utilisation of the space available.
  • To improve student experience by improving the conditions and quality of the buildings which had been previously neglected.
  • To raise enough funding for the college to carry out the much needed £64m refurbishment and new build developments.

 

The Result

This was the most ambitious accommodation programme in the history of further education at that time. The overall size of the estate went from 38,000 square metres to 35,000 square metres whilst accommodating growth in student numbers. The final capital cost was £64 million. Over £50million of this was paid for by the college itself from site sale proceeds with no burden of debt afterwards and no loss of quality and direction for students during the period of redevelopment.

The buildings set new design standards on incredibly tight budgets and were recognised by the Civic Trust Awards, the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Awards, the American Institute of Architects Awards plus the Islington Society Architecture & Conservation Award.  The creation of the 5 new centres on 4 sites, all part of one amazing College, was both a physical and cultural change programme. The consolidation and focusing the curriculum on each site has since enabled the college, under the leadership of Frank McLoughlin, to build communities of excellent teaching practice that have subsequently been recognised in Outstanding Ofsted grades and the Queens Anniversary Prize.

Tower Hamlets Town Hall

Tower Hamlets Town Hall

Introduction

Tower Hamlets Town Hall project is one of the most significant building regeneration projects to take place in London. In renovating and repurposing the unoccupied Royal London Hospital as the new permanent residence for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets the Council will be breathing new life into this landmark building whilst bringing public services together in Whitechapel.

First opened in 1759 the Georgian hospital has been a site of esteemed medical history from the care provided in treating injured soldiers in both world wars, pioneering heart surgery, and providing training The for two centuries’ of young doctors.

Overview

PMc are the Strategic Client Advisors on this landmark scheme and have supported the project from its infancy. In 2015 we helped to write the business case to review alternative options for the location of the town hall and refurbishment of the former hospital. Peter has continued to support the Council and its in-house team of client project managers in the development of detailed plans for the restoration and new build through to planning, the appointment of the main contractor (Bouygues UK) and the commencement of construction|on site..

Key Facts

Heading #1
Total project costs
£115M
Start on site
August 2018
Target completion date
2022
Architects
AHMM
Main contractor
Bouygues UK Ltd
Employers agent & cost consultant
Turner & Townsend
Client advisors
Peter Marsh Consulting Ltd
Client project managers
Place Directorate London Borough of Tower Hamlets

The Projects Objectives are: 

  • To provide a ground floor accessible, free-flowing interface between members of the public and the council;
  • Facilitate relocation of council administrative, democratic and customer activities from several rented premises into the new Town Hall;
  • Bring an Historical Landmark building back to public life preserving its use for future generations.

Additional project benefits:

  • Within 8 years, following sale (or re-use) of current offices the council will recover the project costs and start generating annual savings in running costs;
  • Enhanced public accessibility in a new location next to Whitechapel’s new transport hub at the heart of Cross-rail.

Project Team