The Salvation Army project for Scope began in November 2015, that involved meetings with the client to gauge what they initially wanted which was to create a bigger auditorium and a partial demolition of the existing and iconic 36 year old citadel building replacing it with a new 2-storey building. Prior to Scope coming on board the client appointed HB Architecture to come up with a concept design. Our main focus was to thoroughly investigate whether the design would fit within the budget the client had available at the time and for the design to be thoroughly value engineered we needed to procure external consultants such as structural and services engineers to assess the feasibility of the entire design.
After 4 years we finally broke ground in January 2019. The many contributing factors that attributed to the delay was a full redesign of the original design as the client wanted to consolidate all their Mission services in one location which now included The Bridge. We also had to sell the clients’ property assets at No. 9 and 11 Aubrey Street due to the redesign, ensure that the services provided by the Corps to the community were not disrupted whilst construction works were in progress, complete complex Resource and Building Consent applications with planners Reyburn & Bryant and constantly try to keep within the overall project budget.
The entire construction project was completed in 2 stages and took 3 years to complete. Stage one used the HB Architecture design to create a 2-storey building that would house a new 300 seat auditorium on the ground floor and office and meeting room space in the upper level. This was built alongside the existing building so that the Corps could continue to operate their much needed services to the community. The architect design predominately used precast concrete and although described as just a square box –it is a complex building material to utilise and raised the question many times as to whether we could build within the budget. Stage 1 was completed in September 2020 and tied in nicely with the commencement of Stage2 in November 2020.
Due to budget constraints and restrictions on material supply chain due to the COVID-19 epidemic we appointed local firm Hillcon Group to Design & Build the new building which used the Coresteel product – a NZ steel product, using quality building products, innovative technology and system efficiencies. It is a fully bolted system unique on the market, is a lightweight structure that doesn’t impact on foundations. Stage 2 also included moving the Corps services and their personnel from the old building to the new auditorium so that Hillcon could begin the demolition of the existing citadel building. Stage 2 will be complete by March 2022
Early Contractor Involvement (ECI)
Facilitated early conversations and reviews by contractors for both stages.
Determine the scope
Early discussions with the client and their architect to ensure the design could meet the budget. Procure the required consultants throughout all stages of the design process.
Project & Design Management
Manage and work closely with project consultants and the client to deliver the works within a tight project budget.
Provide input into project execution planning and project scheduling, consider methodology within the design.
Establishing and managing the consultant contracts on behalf of the client. Provide ETC services for both construction contracts on both stages.
Leading and reviewing with the projects’ quantity surveyor, including investigating, and implementing value engineering strategies.
Manage the Construction contracts and all outputs regarding, HSE/QA and Budget & Programme.
Manage the interface between the clients groups’, ie the end users requirements [tenant’s] vs the Landlords expectations .
Work on the comms between the neighbours and construction teams to ensure that the project is harmonious within a busy residential streetscape.