The Bevan Intermediate Care Unit, commissioned by Salford City Council is a £10.4m construction based adjacent to Salford Royal Hospital.
This was a complex new build project constructed on the site of an existing open air car park. The construction which already had a demanding programme to ensure the building was ready to deal with the anticipated winter pressures was impacted greatly by the Covid pandemic causing issues with materials availability, specifically the zinc cladding for the external façade without which the building wouldn’t be watertight and the following programme of works could not progress. An alternative method of construction and material had to be quickly found to benefit the programme deadlines as closely as possible. The knock-on effects of the cladding delay had to be mitigated.
We worked closely with the contractor to provide options to accelerate the programme. With our advice, the Employer chose to initiate 24-hour shifts (non-productive overtime) which meant that the project was completed with minimal programme overrun, providing maximum cost benefit (VFM) and to enable the site to accept patients by early November 2021.
O’Neil and Partners provided full Quantity Surveying services from inception through to project completion, comprising of the tender process, recommendation of contractor and award, ensuring the contractor met the social value aims of the client and value engineering. Post Contract, we undertook monthly valuations, implemented change control procedures, provided monthly financial reports and negotiated the agreed the final account.
Photo Credit: DAY Architectural Ltd.