The project involved working with both the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, meaning that close collaboration was needed between all parties to ensure client needs were met. The team also had to create a complex façade and a building that needed to be energy efficient and flexible. The site was also on a tight footprint in close proximity to a live railway line and Liverpool Lime Street Station.
Sensor City received funding from the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), which came with specific requirements in relation to budget and timings and the project was required to achieve BREEAM Excellent certification. This required a collaborative approach and co-ordination from our design manager, consultants and sub-contractors.
It was essential that the team worked closely with both the clients as well as stakeholders to ensure the aspirations for this ambitious project were met.
Working with Network Rail was essential and the team also benefited from in-house specialists Kier Professional Services to assist in the process through providing tracking visuals and a swept path analysis to monitor the movements of the crane. This helped to resolve oversailing issues and achieve licences. Temporary works and associated costs were mitigated through the implementation of permanent works to the railway elevation.
To manage the risks associated with funding, processes were set up to ensure key milestones were met to provide budget certainty. VE (value engineering) and BREEAM workshops were attended by all key stakeholders, including the clients, consultants and key supply chain partners.
Around. £1.4m of savings were identified during this process, of which £720k were incorporated into the final scheme.
Sensor City lies at the gateway to Liverpool’s ‘Knowledge Quarter’ and is a visually stunning depiction of sensor technology with its façade creating a holographic appearance of digital sensors. The BREEAM Excellent building is already home to a number of leading innovative businesses and is expected to create 300+ new businesses and 1000+ new jobs in the next 10 years.
The building has been described as having potential for the delivery of both regional and national prosperity and recently won ‘Best Newcomer’ in The Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2018 to reflect the global innovation hub’s achievements since opening in June 2017.
The project is also shortlisted for Project of the Year under £15m in the Construction News awards 2018 and North West Regional Construction Awards 2018- Integration & Collaborative Working Award Sub-regional Project of the Year – Liverpool.
" We were very pleased with Kier’s delivery of Sensor City, it truly looks superb and is a testament to your team. They should be congratulated. "Director of Capital Projects and Estate Strategy Facilities, Residential and Commercial Services University of Liverpool
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