Identity Consult have been appointed as Project Manager and Employer’s Agent on the multi-award winning redevelopment of Edge Hill University’s Campus. The extensive programme of works included new build, complex refurbishment and public realm projects. These included the Hub comprising retail, catering, café and learning spaces, a new Sports Centre, academic buildings, car park expansion, public realm improvements, creation of a lake, four phases of residences and an outdoor sports pitch complex.
In 2015-16, Identity Consult carried out the role of Project Manager on the Technology Hub project and Woodlands Residences (Phase 12) project. Each of the projects within this programme were delivered in exceptionally challenging timescales and have won multiple awards recognising excellence in project management, design, sustainability and construction. Identity Consult is currently involved in the 2017/18 programme that includes a new Library (£25 million) and the next phase of halls of residence, both due to be completed in September 2018.
Following recent benchmarking exercises across the HE sector, the University have achieved 20% betterment in terms of cost and 70% betterment in terms of programme. The University has achieved substantial savings against similar projects undertaken externally and this is demonstrated by comparators in the construction market. This has provided excellent value for money and the savings and reduced programme durations has enabled the University to accelerate the development.
The University’s facilities are some of the best in the sector. The University won the National Student Housing Survey Best Halls of Residence (2016) category and was a finalist in the Residential category in the RICS North West Awards in 2017. It also scooped the UK’s top award for Accommodation at the Whatuni Student Choice awards in 2017. Edge University’s halls of residence are at the heart of a vibrant on-campus community, providing a safe environment in which new students can live, study and socialise.
I would not hesitate to recommend Identity Consult as a provider of Project Management and Employer’s Agent services. Their ability to foster a sense of teamwork and motivate our professional team of consultants, contractors and sub-contractors, allied with their strategic focus and can do attitude, means they are a key factor in the successful delivery of the University’s Capital Programme.
David Oldham, Director of Capital Developments, Edge Hill University