An integrated approach from day one
We put collaboration and efficiency at the heart of our approach and challenged the original brief to truly understand how the college wanted to operate.
To help the college understand the different design options, we mocked up several thermal models, showing the way different systems would heat and cool the building, and we also used a Building Information Model (BIM) to integrate the architectural, structural and services designs into a 3D model.
By incorporating the college’s services early in the design, we were able to plan construction activities more efficiently.
Boosting local employment and training
From day one, we committed to employing local labour and suppliers, recruiting ten people from the surrounding area and spending 55% of our subcontracting budget with local companies. We also provided supervisor training, leadership, management and advanced health and safety training for our subcontractors..
Through our National Construction Skills Academy programme, we organised 113 activities to support the curriculum of Bradford College students, and welcomed 19 work placement students to site. Two apprentices worked with us on site.