Identity Consult were appointed in mid-2016 by the University of Hull to act as technical advisors to provide Project Management andCost Consultancy services for the delivery of student residences on the University’s West Campus. The 1,462-room scheme in nine blocks contains a range of single rooms and one bedroom apartments. The plans also include an urban green and avenue which will house a café, convenience store, laundry facilities and formal and informal outdoor areas.
The delivery vehicle was for a third party to fund, design, construct and operate the residences in return for a capital receipt. Identity Consult’s commission was to support the University and the wider consultancy team in establishing the Project Agreement and associated legal structure from Preferred Bidder stage to Financial Close.
Identity Consult introduced controls around quality, design, programme and cost certainty, including review of the emerging design and technical aspects of the bid to assist in protecting against any derogation of the offer up to Financial Close. Identity Consult also monitored the Preferred Bidders pre-construction cost plan to ensure that the level of capital receipt offered at ITT was maintained, and to assist in concluding the financial modelling process.
Our project managers reviewed and monitored emerging pre-construction and construction programmes to help maintain the planned phased delivery of units in both September 2018 and September 2019. This also involved closely monitoring progress of the planning submission and subsequent approval.
Identity Consult also acted a project manager and quantity surveyor for the design and delivery of enabling works for the relocation of campus parking and diversion of services from the site of the new development. These works had a combined value of £1.2 million and started on site in April 2017 ahead of Financial Close and will be completed on programme in November 2017.