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.

In February 2021, we were excited to announce the start of the construction of the new STEAM Centre for Lambeth College in Vauxhall. The STEAM Centre will be a ten-storey further education skills centre for Lambeth College with specialisms in science, dentistry, digital, media, engineering and construction.

We have been working with the College since 2015 – on space planning; developing the estate strategy; writing the business case; helping to secure funding from the Mayor for London; and working with the design team to take the scheme through the planning process. We are delighted to be the appointed Project Manager and Employer’s Agent for the construction and build out of the scheme – working with the client’s technical advisors and Grahams Construction to transform this important college site.

The redevelopment of the Nine Elms campus in which the new STEAM centre is located is an education-led scheme. The scheme, which comprises 4 phases, 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. 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 design of the building progressed, 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. Also, a straightforward and efficient layout with a central corridor 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.  Looking to progress the design of the Phase 1 STEAM centre further, and in preparation for a tender process, Rock Townsend joined the team as technical advisors in 2020. Later in September 2020, John Graham Construction Ltd was successful via the Pagabo Framework and subsequently appointed in January 2021 for the construction of the phase 1 STEAM centre. Works have commenced on site on February 2021 and are due to complete late summer 2022.

Nine Elms STEAM Centre (Phase 1)

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.

Key Facts

Heading #1
Start on Site
February 2021
Target Completion Date
Late Summer 2022
Refurbishment area (m²)
10,050m²
Total Project Budget
£47.5m
Funder
London Education Action Partnership (LEAP) and Greater London Authority (GLA)
Architects
Architecture PLB
Technical Advisors
Rock Townsend
Cost Consultants
Fulkers Bailey Russell
Project Manager, Employer’s Agent, Bid Writer & Cost Consultant
Peter Marsh Consulting Ltd
Main Contractor
John Graham Construction Ltd.

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

Planning Application Summary – REF: 19/02643/OUT

Project Team

The Loddon School

The Loddon School

Introduction

The Loddon School is an independent residential school, providing year-round education and care for children who have complex learning difficulties and who can no longer live at home due to their exceptional support needs. 

The school estate comprises a mix of  buildings developed over time between the 1860s and 1930s, with more recent purpose-built buildings; providing homes, education, leisure, play, outings and holidays for some 28 children and staff members.

The Loddon School is rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ and the delivery of new purpose-built homes for its students is a core part of its strategy to provide the very best environment for both learning and care for the young people it serves.

Overview

PMc was appointed to develop an Estates Strategy in the Spring of 2018, this was completed and approved by the Board of Trustees in September 2018.  The Strategy provides a long-term estates route map to meet the school’s strategic estate needs and bring all of the school’s pupil-focused accommodation onto the main site and out of the Main House into purpose-built homes. Following the adoption of the Strategy, the Loddon School is proceeding in 2019/20 with the delivery of the first phase of a three-phase project. 

Phase 1 involves the construction of the ‘Forest Oak’ houses, which comprise two, 260 m2 single-storey houses, with associated external works to provide living, learning and sleeping accommodation for up to 12 children. PMc are acting as the Client’s Representative, Project Manager, Employer’s Agent and Quantity Surveyor on this project alongside the retained design team led by APLB architects.

Key Facts

Heading #1
Start on site
January 2019
Building area
520m²
Planning Authority
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Total Phase 1 project costs
£1.7m
Construction cost for Phase 1
£1.43m
Target completion date
September 2020
Architects
Architecture PLB
Main contractor
Ascia
Project manager, Employers agent & Cost consultant
Peter Marsh Consulting

The Projects Objectives are: 

  • Develop an Estates Strategy to provide a long-term map of the schools’ estate needs.
  • Construction & Development of two single-storey residences to accommodate the needs of 12 students as part of phase one delivery.
  • Delivery of the subsequent two phases of development including the creation of a new two-storey building to accommodate the younger learners at the School.

 

Project Team

HSDC South Downs Campus

HSDC South Downs Campus

Introduction

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;
  • £1m refurbishment across the Havant campus;
  • Worked with the College on potential land sale on the South Downs Campus;
  • Submitted bids to the Solent LEP on behalf of the College;
  • Secured over £1m of T-Levels funding from the Department for Education; and,
  • Completed a £900k refurbishment of the North Hall, link bridge and North West Building classrooms to enable the delivery of the first wave of T-levels. 

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.

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

T Levels Refurbishment 2020

The project objectives were:

  • 660 m2 refurbishment of the North Hall to create a digital learning lounge and Senior Management suite;
  • Refurbishment of 4 spaces on the link bridge to create teaching spaces for the Digital and Construction T-levels;
  • Refurbishment of 3 classrooms in the North West Building to facilitate the delivery of the Early years T-Levels curriculum; and,
  • The strip out the of the first floor of the Main Building.

 

 

Key Facts

Heading #1
Start on Site
June 2020
Completion Date
August 2020
Refurbishment area (m²)
800 m²
Total Project Cost
£900k
Funders
HSDC and DfE
Architects
Wilmott Dixon
Main Contractor
Wilmott Dixon
M&E Consultants
WG & R
Project Manager, Employer’s Agent, Bid Writer & Cost Consultant
PMc

Project Team

Reception Remodel - 2017

The project objectives were:

  • To transform existing tired reception into an open plan hub for student services and careers to be at the front of the campus;
  • To create a number of meeting rooms in close proximity to reception; and,
  • Create a more welcoming environment for students and the local committee to enjoy when entering the campus.  

 

 

Key Facts

Heading #1
Start on Site
July 2017
Completion Date
September 2017
Refurbishment area (m²)
620 m²
Total Project Cost
£200k
Funders
HSDC
Architects
Architecture PLB
Main Contractor
Hampshire Interiors
Project Manager, Employer’s Agent, Bid Writer & Cost Consultant
PMc

Project Team

HSDC Alton Campus

HSDC Alton Campus

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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.

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

Stevens Building Digital Hub  2020 – 2021

The project objectives were:

  • To provide  industry standard learning accommodation for digital and gaming curricula; 
  • To improve the condition and aesthetic of the Stevens Building creating a dynamic studio space to study in;

Reception Refurbishment  2020 – 2021

The project objectives were: 

  •  To relocate the Student Services from the Stevens Building to a new open plan location at the front of the campus;
  • To create a more spacious and welcoming reception area with clear areas for Student Services, Careers and Enrolment, and a Health and Wellbeing Hub; 
  • To address the air flow issues in the existing reception area.

Key Facts

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Start on Site January 2021
Completion Date 31 March 2021
Refurbishment area m² Reception 400 m²
Stevens Building 880 m²
Total Project Cost £1.5m
Architects Rock Townsend
Main Contractor Overbury
M&E Consultants Brontide Ltd.
Project Manager, Employer’s Agent, Bid Writer & Cost Consultant Peter Marsh Consulting Ltd

Project Team

Stevens Building Digital Hub 2020 – 2021


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HSDC Havant Campus

HSDC Havant Campus

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.

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

Campus Refurbishment  2018

The project objectives were:

  • refurbishment of 31no. classrooms throughout A and B block – including the classrooms in the MC teaching area;
  • creation of a new staff work space in the 400-building including a social space on the ground floor;
  • refurbishment works in the student lounge to create a new coffee house social/ work space for the student including the relocation of the Starbuck counter; and,
  • creation of a new Mac suite in the careers area.

 

Key Facts

Heading #1
Start on Site
June 2018
Completion Date
August 2018
Refurbishment area (m²)
2,100 m²
Total Project Cost
£1m
Funders
HSDC
Architects
Gilbert Ash
Main Contractor
Gilbert Ash
Project Manager, Employer’s Agent, & Cost Consultant
PMc

Project Team

Reception Remodelling Works 2018

The project objectives were:

  • To transform existing tired reception into an open plan hub for student services and careers to be at the front of the campus;
  • To create a number of meeting rooms in close proximity to reception; and,
  • Create a more welcoming environment for students and the local committee to enjoy when entering the campus.  

Key Facts

Heading #1
Start on Site
March 2018
Completion Date
April 2018
Refurbishment area (m²)
450 m²
Total Project Cost
£250k
Funders
HSDC
Architects
Architecture PLB
Main Contractor
Fasset
Project Manager, Employer’s Agent, & Cost Consultant
PMc

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 £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-sit 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.

Main Campus Redevelopment 2014 - 2015

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;

Key Facts

Heading #1
Start on Site
July 2014
Completion Date
August 2015
Refurbishment area (m2)
7,400m² including 2,000m² of new buildings
Total Project Budget
£16m
Architects
Perkins Ogden
Main Contractor
Bouygues UK Ltd.
M&E Consultants
RHB
Structural Engineers
Scott White Hookins
Cost Consultant & Employer’s Agent
AECOM
Site Sale Agent
Hughes Ellard (now Vail Williams)
Client Director
Peter Marsh

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

T Levels Refurbishment Works 2020

The Projects Objectives:

  • Refurbishment of Digital and Education & Childcare spaces to deliver T Level and a new Fashion Studio space;
  • Applying bid funding to ensure the maximum area of high quality refurbishment and the inclusion of specialist equipment; 
  • To deliver the project on time to ensure the spaces were available for the beginning of term in September 2020.

Key Facts

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Start on Site
May 2020
Completion Date
September 2020
Refurbishment area (m2)
830m²
Total Project Budget
£900k
Architects
Re-Format
Main Contractor
LST Projects
M&E Consultant
RHB Partnerships
Project Manager, Employer’s Agent,
Bid Writer & Cost Consultant
PMc

Project Team

T Levels Refurbishment Works Summer 2020

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

Lambeth College – Brixton Campus

Lambeth College – Brixton

Introduction

PMc acted as the client representative on this innovative educational redevelopment, designed by STEM Architects, which sees Lambeth College share a new-build space with Trinity Free School and a new UTC sponsored London South Bank University.

The planning application for the wider site development was submitted in October 2015 by Bowmer & Kirkland and their architects Jesitco & Whiles who designed and built the overall campus.  At PMc we managed the decant of the existing college learners into temporary accommodation in December 2015 to enable work to start on the new build site in January 2016. We also helped procure furniture for Trinity Free School at the same time.

In April 2016, PMc were appointed to provide an end to end Client Advice, Project Management, Cost Consultancy and Employer’s Agent services to oversee the £3m fit out of 2,010 square metres of shell and core space which was handed over to the College in June 2017 by Bowmer & Kirkland.

We managed the appointment of an internal fit-out design team comprising STEM architects and King Shaw MEP consultants and subsequently managed the procurement of Gilbert Ash as a specialist fit-out contractor who we started on site in June and completed their £2.5m construction fit out programme in just 12 extremely busy weeks.  We then managed the procurement of all loose furniture, AV and wayfinding – managing the installation process alongside practical completion ready for the start of the September 2017 term.

We worked collaboratively with the College, Trinity Free School, the ESFA and their partners to ensure that the decant works were properly scoped and planned, transport and travel plan information was supplied to support the planning application, and staff were kept informed of developments throughout.

The finished project saw the existing site demolished and rebuilt as a brand new 2-5 storey building featuring a multi-use gaming area, a new sports hall, external play/seating/social spaces, relocation of the grade II listed fountain sculpture, soft landscaping, cycle parking and additional disabled car parking.

Key Facts

Heading #1
Start on site
October 2015
Completion date
September 2017
Architects
STEM Architects
MEP
King Shaw Associates
Main contractor
Gilbert Ash
Client Advisors, Project Managers and Cost Consultants
Peter Marsh Consulting Ltd

The Projects Objectives were:

  • To act as client representative to Lambeth College to oversee this large-scale educational redevelopment.
  • To provide an end to end Client Advice, Project Management, Cost Consultancy and Employer’s Agent service to oversee the £3m fit out of the shell and core space.
  • To work collaboratively with the College, Trinity Free School, the ESFA and their partners to ensure that the decant works were properly scoped and planned

Additional project benefits:

  • Our work forLambeth College also helped it define its vision in advance of its merger with LSBU and it will help to generate a significant capital receipt that will improve outcomes both for learners and for their financial security.
  • Our work forLambeth College also includes our Client Director role for the fit-out of a £12m new build project on the Clapham Campus, which we completed in October 2015, and acting as Client Director, Project Manager, and Employer’s Agent for the £3m fit-out of a new ESOL centre on the Brixton Campus, which completed on time and under budget in September 2017.

Project Team

Lambeth College – Clapham Campus

Lambeth College – Clapham

Introduction

PMc have provided Capital Delivery Services to Lambeth College over major projects covering their there three sites in: Brixton, Vauxhall and Clapham. Our earliest involvement was on the 2015 construction of a 4,000 m2 new building at the Clapham site.

This £12.4m project with a construction value of £8m, commenced in October 2014 and completed in October 2015 with a phased handover to ensure that the core teaching spaces were available at the start of the September 2015 term. The scope included the creation of 25 general purpose classrooms, a full size sports hall, nursery and associated staff support spaces over three floors.

Since its opening the on-site nursery has achieved a number of notable accolades including gaining 3rd place position in the 2019 Nursery World Awards and an Ofsted Outstanding certification.

Overview

Following the departure of the College’s Director of Estates. PMc took on the role of Client-Side Project Manager for the Clapham Campus works. This involved regular liaison with the employer’s agent and Graham’s who were the appointed contractor to ensure the timely completion of the project to the required scope, quality and budget.

Our remit included responsibility for managing procurement of the furniture, fittings and equipment (FFE), comprising installation of audio visual interactive screens into each teaching space, the procurement of all classrooms and office furniture and the commissioning and installation inspirational signage and way-finding.

Our close management of this process together with collaborative working with the main contractor ensured that the project achieved tight milestones on time; with completion of the the college fit-out taking just 4 days, allowing the upper floors to be ready for occupation in August and with the building being opened to students just one week after practical completion (PC).

Key Facts

Heading #1
Start on Site
October 2014
Completion Date
October 2015
Refurbishment area (m²)
4,000m²
Total Project Budget
Architects
STEM architects
Main Contractor
Grahams
Project Manager & Cost Consultant
Faithful and Gould
Client Project Manager
Peter Marsh Consulting Ltd.

Project Team

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.