Health and Wellbeing – Shackleton




University of Sunderland

Contract value:


Start date:

December 2017

Completion date:

September 2018




Project Management Cost and Commercial Management Employer's Agent / Contract Administration


Identity Consult delivered Project Management, Contract Administration and Quantity Surveyor services for this final phase of the refurbishment to the Shackleton Building to include Mental Health and Wellbeing teaching, simulation and sound-proof facilities within an open and transparent environment promoting student curiosity.

The project consisted of the fit-out on the third floor of the Shackleton Building to provide new teaching laboratories, a family community room, a mental and behavioural wellbeing suite and a new ward. This consisted of 591m² of refurbishment work of a previously gutted space to deliver a mental health and dementia friendly space.

This project was subject to particularly challenging stakeholder consultations, establishing the levels of Mental Health suitability the facilities needed to achieve for a course which had not yet been delivered and where teaching staff was still being appointed. Identity Consult nonetheless drove the process rigorously to achieve completion in time for the new academic year, achieving the delivery of a ward area with anti-ligature considerations and a dementia-friendly design. The team worked closely together through a collaborative two-stage Design & Build process to establish the criticality of the items against considerations of lead in time, cost and constraints created by the existing building.

The project was delivering during the summer period to maximise the low occupancy on the lower levels, where paramedics and a few courses still operated. Communication and circulation were therefore key in delivering the project, which completed within budget and with high praise from the staff on the quality of the facility.