The major UK contractor will deliver the stunning new Carnegie Pavilion which is a joint venture between Leeds Metropolitan University and Yorkshire County Cricket Club. This dual use facility built between existing stands at the famous Headingley Carnegie Stadium will not only be the home for the University’s school of tourism, hospitality and events but will also house new changing facilities and balconies for both domestic and international matches. Uniquely, on major match days lecture theatres will be turned into press areas, classrooms will function as hospitality areas and media facilities will be provided for broadcasters such as SKY and the BBC. John Phillips is the Construction Director and Simon Sutcliffe has been appointed as project manager for the £21 million structure. Simon, 40, from Huddersfield, has just completed work on the newest Leeds Metropolitan University structure, 'The Rose Bowl’ building which officially opens in April. He is carrying across some of the team who worked on that project. He said, ‘The Leeds Metropolitan University projects have been very challenging for me and the BAM team, but very rewarding too. The Carnegie Pavilion is fascinating – it will have a triangular green rain screen cladding, which will be a highly distinctive signature for the country’s cricket ground.’ One of BAM’s challenges will be delivering the project during playing hours, and between existing stands, and work will shut down during international fixtures. BAM is on site already and has commenced enabling works including demolition. The 67-week programme is due to complete in May 2010 during which time BAM’s distinctive green and orange colours will continue to be evident. The job has special relevance for Simon because it will see in his twentieth year working for BAM since he took his work experience as a labourer. The company took him on as a graduate and he then qualified as a civil engineer.
‘You can’t hide on a high profile job like this. It will be extremely challenging and there are some specific programme restraints, dictated by One Day International and The Ashes fixtures. But the relationships we’ve built with the University, the supply chain and the design team on the Rose Bowl will benefit the Carnegie Pavilion.’ Last year John Phillips won the industry’s coveted Gold Award as Construction Manager of the Year for the St Stephen’s development in Hull. Simon has won both Bronze and Gold awards from the considerate constructors scheme for work at Lincoln University and the Northern General Hospital and was shortlisted for the British Construction Industry awards for The Architecture Building at Lincoln University.