Fusion were appointed to deliver both Project Management and Quantity Surveying (via Gleeds) services for this exciting refurbishment project for the University of Westminster that aimed to create flexible, multi-purpose innovation and showcase space for the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department as well as a general refresh and refurbishment to the existing CSE computer and electronic engineering labs at the University’s 115 New Cavendish Street Campus.
The project was delivered to a very challenging programme, with the team being appointed in April 2021 with a view to having the space open ready for the new academic year. The collaborative approach of the whole team and early stakeholder engagement enabled us to hit the target dates. A decision was made in the early stages of the project to appoint a contractor via a two-stage tender process to get input from them and their supply chain as soon as possible and to help shape and guide the design whilst maintaining the original intent and to stay on target for completion.
Aside from the fast-paced programme, material and personnel shortage and COVID restrictions, the team had to deal with a number of other challenges to complete this exciting project including; Working in a live campus environment; services for other areas of the building running through the site; programming of long lead items such as chilled beams, architectural ceiling, fire rated glazing, all of which were solved as a team effort. The contractor liaised with the university FM team to overcome logistical challenges such as a restricted loading bay and high traffic volume in the centre of London. Despite all of the challenges faced by the client and project team, the Innovation Centre and CSE project was delivered on time and on budget.