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Construction manager as design leader

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Birmingham New Street Gateway exterior, early artist's impressionOn 07:30 on 20 September the redeveloped New Street station in central Birmingham was declared open (although any visitor can see that it is not finished). Tomorrow (24 September at 10:00), the Grand Central shopping centre above the station will be opened to the public.

The architect behind the station refurb said that it ‘could have been much better’ and that lessons must be learned, Architect’s Journal reported.

[Birmingham New Street falls short says scheme’s architect, Richard Waite, AJ, 23 September, 2015 (paywall)]

Alejandro Zaera-Polo landed the £750 million job following an international competition seven years ago while jointly heading up Foreign Office Architects and retained the project when he set up his new practice, AZPML.

However the Madrid-born designer walked away from the centrepiece atrium project at the heart of the redevelopment of the 1960s station after refusing to value-engineer its designs. Haskoll took over that part of the project early last year (AJ 20.02.14) with Atkins acting as project architects.

Zaera-Polo told the AJ: ‘While we are proud of our involvement in this project, which has recycled an old infrastructure instead of building a new one … we believe that it could have been much better.

[…] He added: ‘The fundamental problem in this project arose from the fact that, after the bids had been awarded to subcontractors, the construction manager was formally appointed as design leader of the project. So, rather than concentrating on delivering what had been already agreed, bid for and awarded to the subcontractors, they attempted to down-spec different packages.

‘That was, in my view, a serious strategic mistake that produced several problems.’

Project data

Concept & Architects: AZPML

Location: Birmingham

Type Of Project: Refurbishment

Structural engineer for atrium and external skin: AKTII

Engineers: Atkins M&E Engineers Atkins

Project Architect: Atkins

Design Team: Retail design team Haskoll and Hoare Lea

Client: Network Rail

Funding: Birmingham City Council, Network Rail, Department for Transport, Centro, Department for Business Innovation and Skills, European Regional Development Fund

Tender date: 2008 & 2009

Start on site date: 2009

Contract duration: 2009-2015 – Mace appointed principal contractor 2010. Platform works continue to 2016.

Gross internal floor area: Lower mezzanine – 3,000m²; platforms – 8,000m²; concourse – 20,000m²; upper mezzanine – 4,500m²; grand central – 17,000m²; JLP – 24,000m²; upper retail – 15,000m²; total – 91,500m²

Form of contract and/or procurement: Construction Management

Total cost: £750 million

M&e consultant: Atkins

Quantity surveyor: Faithful & Gould

Lighting consultant: Atkins and Hoare Lea

Principal contractor: Mace

Selected subcontractors and suppliers: NG Bailey, Coleman & Company, Elliott Thomas, Martifer UK, Fireclad, MPB, SAS, Vector Foiltech, Glazzard.

Written by beleben

September 23, 2015 at 11:26 am

Posted in Birmingham

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