I recently attended a fascinating presentation about the soon to open, new Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon. The presentation, by Mace project manager Tim Court, gave an in-depth insight into the £58m construction scheme. As well as being an interesting presentation, showing the ups and downs of one of the West Midlands most iconic and important redevelopment projects, what also stood out was the benefits the project received by employing a more collaborative, co-operative approach to the design and construction.
Led by the RSC client team, Tim Court of Mace described an ethos and philosophy of open-ness and engagement. From tradesmen to specialist contractors, architects and designers to external consultants, everyone was aware how they played their own part in creating the ultimate vision. From regular on-site barbeques, to public open days to show them around the site, a real sense of ownership was instigated through every level of the project participants.
The benefits of this approach were clear – from reducing the amount of on-site damage and material wastage, to creating a construction process that was able to react to changes in design and specification, whilst keeping on track of both costings and programme.
Credit must go to the RSC for promoting such an approach. Immense credit must go to Mace, the main contractors, for delivering an incredible project, on time and below budget despite some 2800 variations over the course of the project. This can-do philosophy seemed to work its way down the production chain, with specialist sub-contractors and individual tradesmen all playing their part to deliver an outstanding result.
For us, this is simply more evidence to support our own ethos.
What does it mean for you? Well, if you’re thinking about investing a considerable amount of money into an interior design, architecture and construction project, you need to know there are ways of going about it that will significantly improve both the process and the end result. A collaborative, co-operative approach will ensure you get what you want, you get what you need, without unnecessary stress or cost over-runs. Find out more about our approach here >