At the Forefront of Excellence Centre

Dale Potts
Faithful+Gould is playing a major role in the construction of a £35m centre for engineering and manufacturing excellence in London.

A team from Faithful+Gould is providing project and cost management expertise, contract administration and planning supervision services on the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME).

The proposed CEME, which is currently being built on land which was once part of car maker Ford’s Dagenham plant in east London, will comprise state-of-the-art further education learning facilities, including classrooms, training rooms, technical workshops, an e-learning resource centre, lecture theatres and a 250-person capacity conference facility.

It will also include a Business Innovation Centre that will provide 45 start-up incubator units to kick start new businesses in the area. The team was initially appointed in late 2000 as part of a combined design and management team led by architects Sheppard Robson.

But this year the Company’s appointment was broken away from the design and management team to a direct relationship with the newly-formed CEME Ltd – the joint venture company established by Ford, Barking and Having Colleges, and the government.

This role has been further increased with Faithful+Gould’s appointment on the next phase of the development which involves an expansion of the facilities to provide a higher education and crèche facilities.

Director Neil Clemson commented, "CEME is not only a landmark development in terms of design and location, but represents a ground-breaking partnership between government, community and industry to realise a new vision for east London and deliver inclusive education from basic skills to PhD research. This ethos is reflected in the nature of the relationships within the client, consultant and construction teams which are driving the project forward to realization.

The Business Innovation Centre was handed over on 27th September 2002 and the CEME will be completed in September 2003.

Operating at the forefront of the construction and property industries for more than 50 years, Faithful+Gould is growing from strength to strength on a global scale and was recently awarded the 2002 Building Award for Surveying Practice of the Year.