Engineers spearheading the creation of the landmark Stephenson Quarter have heralded their working partnerships, a year after the project officially took off.
Exactly 12 months since the transformation of Newcastle’s historic city centre first began, Newcastle-based building services provider Shepherd Engineering Services said significant headway has already been made.
Once finished, the 10-acre site next to Newcastle Central Station will boast a new 250-bed Crowne Plaza Hotel – due for completion next summer – a 3,000sqm office block, a host of restaurants, an art gallery and a car park.
As part of the £200m infrastructure master plan for the region, Shepherd Engineering Services is providing full mechanical and electrical (M&E) services to the Stephenson Quarter development.
The firm attributes progress to its offsite capabilities and early engagement with other firms involved.
The firm uses Building Information Modelling (BIM) and its own prefabrication facility, PRISM, to deliver significant cost and labour reductions.
Steve Joyce, regional director at Shepherd Engineering Services, said: “The success of this project so far is due to our early engagement with both the client and partner, Miller Construction/Galliford Try, which has allowed us to influence the design from the outset while managing all stakeholder expectations.
“Adopting a collaborative approach to this project with Space Architecture and Desco is enabling us to create and engineer a technically brilliant space while our pioneering BIM and PRISM facilities have provided the scope to deliver robust, cost effective solutions into the project, months in advance of commencing on site.”
Shepherd is working in partnership with Miller Construction to create the mixed-use development, which Mr Joyce said is set to enhance the lives of those living and working in the area, as well as contribute to the overall rejuvenation of the city’s historic Stephenson Quarter area.
Mr Joyce added: “Aspects of this live, city centre development have been extremely challenging, however, thanks to our leading BIM specialists, we have been able to foresee any potential obstacles and apply ingenious solutions for an effective delivery.”
Shepherd Engineering Services’ work on in Newcastle is running parallel to several other high-profile engineering projects across the North East, including the Hitachi Rail Europe manufacturing facility at Newton Aycliffe and Consett Academy and Leisure Centre, both in County Durham.