Integration and Collaborative Working Award

THE Team appointed to work on the Excelsior Academy in Newcastle's West End were contractors Surgo, architects Howarth Litchfield Partnership, consultant engineers Cundall and cost consultants Faithful+Gould.

THE Team appointed to work on the Excelsior Academy in Newcastle's West End were contractors Surgo, architects Howarth Litchfield Partnership, consultant engineers Cundall and cost consultants Faithful+Gould.

Having worked extensively together over six years, the Partnering Team’s impressive history spans four education contracts in the North of England worth £106m.

Forming a cohesive, tight and mutually beneficial Partnering Team, the four companies have an exceptionally good understanding of each other’s roles and team working. In addition, the “fit” of the learning culture of the companies involved has ensured a heightened understanding of each others strengths and weaknesses.

Constructive two-way dialogue that gives praise when it is due and honest talking when required enabled the team to present a united and fully integrated solution throughout the project. One outcome was a non-adversarial relationship through the establishment of effective communications and co-operation between the Partnering Team and the client.

This resulted in a Partnering Team ethos driven by the desire to deliver an exceptional building through continuous mutual improvement, the application of effective business management, excellent design and full integration with each other.

Engineering solutions coupled with architectural design allowed the building to have a striking multilevel layout. This not only benefited the look of the building but also assisted in the “four school” layout.

The cut and fill process to achieve the tiered land was a difficult and challenging task for Surgo Contractors.

With considerable input from Surgo Construction, Cundall produced earthworks drawings illustrating the state of the works at key stages throughout the project.

This ensured that risks were fully assessed and temporary formation levels were established which ideally suited site operations.

The partnering programme has the ability to deliver an Academy on time, on budget, to programme and to a high quality of standard that far exceeds most school projects.

Highly commended: Morgan Ashurst plc. Project: Freeman’s Quay, Durham.
Commended: Durham County Council. Project: Seaham Trinity Primary.

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