The Challenge:

Building six floors of commercial and retail space, which blended in with the surrounding historic buildings, along with 40 basement parking spaces. All this was within a confined site next to busy roads and surrounded by occupied buildings. The 10,300 sq m site was developed in partnership with Yorkshire property company Bruntwood as part of Leeds City Council’s plan to connect the city centre and planned South Bank development, doubling the size of the city and creating 35,000 jobs.

The Solution:

Tightly controlled project management and innovative thinking ensured the smooth running of the project from day one. Using lean planning, with which business plans are continually updated, the team held fortnightly meetings with the supply chain and stakeholders to ensure everyone understood the project, its progression, and the sequencing of operations.

To get around the confined space issue, the team placed a tower crane on a 220-ton concrete base surrounded by a steel frame rather than place in way from the site. This innovative thinking was also applied to the windows, cladding and steel frame, with extensive sampling taking place to set benchmarks for quality and ease of installation. Sub-contractors are able to trial their building before actually beginning work, ensuring that the build was right first time and of a high quality.

The Impact:

The new building achieved an Excellent BREEAM sustainability rating and features a saw-toothed façade on the south-west and north-eastern elevations, using Chester Red brick to ensure that the building blended in with neighbouring historic buildings. Flexible floorplates provide varying options for office configurations, and full height windows make the best use of natural light.

" We are delighted with the progress of our prestige new office development, in the centre of Leeds. The Kier site team are using Lean Collaborative Planning sessions, to which we are invited, to seamlessly manage the works. "
Craig Burrow Director Bruntwood
Sovereign Square, Leeds

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