Gloucestershire College of Art and Technology (GLOSCAT)

A £26 million project to provide 4 new buildings on the campus. The new accommodation chiefly provides for vocational based courses, including: Motor vehicle engineering, technology studies, construction trades, performing arts, childcare, information technology, hairdressing and science. There are also traditional classrooms, a main reception, college administration offices and restaurant facilities.A separate crèche facility for students is provided in a retained listed building.

We provided: provision of pre-contract cost planning, value engineering and works package Bills of Quantities. And two stage design and build contract.

The challenge was working with the client, contractor and design team to achieve extensive new facilities within a very tight construction budget. The college is situated within the old docks area in Gloucester, and includes limited car parking plus pedestrian and cycle routes. The project was completed one month early (June 2007), in time for students joining the college in September. Competed within the agreed contract sum.

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