Interserve knew that delighting the client at the University of York was vital. A tight timeline and complex connection to the existing Biomedical and Natural Sciences building meant a need for precision programming as well as client care and communication. The team used Powerproject to plot out multiple programme paths, retain significant float, and adapt in real time to client requests and design changes to the Biology Phase 2 building.
Interserve’s focus on programme excellence, use of 4D visualisation, and maintenance of the client relationship, helped them hand over the building on time, on budget and exceed the client’s expectations. Project manager, Oliver Robinson, not only delivered the project on time and budget, but hit all the relationship goals too, gaining a Gold Medal in the Construction Manager of the Year Awards as a result. Powerproject helped the company to maintain precision timeline control, evaluate numerous potential programme paths, and evolve the programme in real time to meet challenging, and ever-changing, client expectations.
The contract to develop the £9.5m science building at the University of York marked the first project with a new client for Interserve Construction. The University of York Biology Phase 2 project was the design and build of a new three-storey building housing teaching facilities, laboratories, interactive spaces for students and a student administration centre, as part of a £16m development at the University of York’s Heslington West campus. From the outset, Interserve prioritised the client relationship.
The University had invested in 20 new buildings on the same campus in recent years, as well as undertaking a major expansion of its campus at Heslington East. Project manager, Oliver Robinson, not only delivered the project on time and budget, but hit all the relationship goals too, gaining a Gold Medal in the Construction Manager of the Year Awards as a result. He used Powerproject software from Elecosoft to maintain precision timeline control, evaluate numerous potential programme paths, and evolve the programme in real time to meet challenging, and everchanging, client expectations.
“Without software such as Powerproject there’s no way you could plan the number of decisions we had to make.”
Interserve used Powerproject as a direct support for client communication, keeping the client informed and engaged throughout. The team’s tight project management and efficient delivery raised not a single complaint from the occupants of the live adjoining buildings and contributed to winning two Considerate Contractor Scheme national site awards. Using programming software to the maximum enabled the team to roll with a huge number of small changes and stay at least 10% ahead of the client programme throughout. The University was delighted with finished project and Interserve has since completed the £17m three-storey Piazza Learning Centre development on the University’s East campus, which was also handed over, on time, to a very happy client.
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