The need for The Ogilvie Building was part of an objective set by the government to exploit the important stream of research by teaming the National Health service with the Welcome Trust via Genomics England Limits to achieve “a throughput of 30,000 sequences per year for three years and achieving 100,000 by end of 2017”.
This required the building to be up and running asap in 2015 (with the architects only appointed in March 2014) if the UK was to maintain its status as World Leader for Genome Research.
Having signed off this extremely tight Project Programme the Kier team knew that an incredible challenge lay ahead.
Management of the procurement schedule was a key focus and allowed the construction progress to be maintained. This had to be controlled by daily interaction with the various team members due to the intensity of the design release.
This project was delivered from inception through to completion in an unbelievable 18 months!
The success of the scheme, meeting stakeholder requirements within such a tight timescale, was only possible with the support and full engagement of the client organisation, able to respond to the design team’s programme and making the critical decisions necessary to allow the design, procurement and construction phases to progress at the required pace.
The design strategy was instrumental to achieving the challenging timetable. It separated the building envelope from the detail design of the interior space so that once the overall scheme parameters had been agreed, the planning submission could be made at an early stage while the interior spaces continued to be worked up.
To achieve rapid construction, a steel frame structure was designed with precast concrete planks floors and roof and two minimal concrete cores providing the necessary rigidity to the overall structure.
The management of this project was so successful that during construction we negotiated a follow-on project with the Wellcome Trust, demonstrating the excellent relationship built during the first project.
The new project, known as the Biodata Innovation Centre (BIC), has a link bridge to The Ogilvie Building and we undertook groundworks to that site whilst still constructing The Ogilvie Building.
In line with the campus’ sustainability and environmental objectives the building have roof mounted photo voltaic panels, rainwater harvesting tanks and a green wall on one part of the façade.
All excavated materials remained on site for use in the external landscape and part of our value engineering process was to test the soil for re-use.
The team continuously engaged with the local community by sending out monthly site progress update newsletters, donating Children Hi Vi’s for the Campus Crèche, de-icing campus grounds and organising fundraising events for charity.
" Stuart (Operations Manager) and the team to date have been very approachable and easy to work with. There is a focus on delivery to both programme but also quality by all members on both sides. There is little or no distinction of company in the team and all parties are working well in collaboration. We are pleased to have also negotiated a follow on project (BIC) with Kier so as to continue the excellent relationships built to date, this is a first for the Wellcome Trust on the Hinxton Campus. "Capital Projects Director Wellcome Trust
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