The Brief

Undertaken on a live further education campus, the Performing Arts Centre scheme involved the construction of a new landmark contemporary performance space for theatre, dance and music students.

Enabling works comprised the diversion or working around of sewage pipes, live electric cables, a water courser, an asbestos pipe water main, and fibre optic cabling. An unexploded ordnance survey was undertaken to mitigate associated risks. The finished building features a two-storey height single floor auditorium with seating and back of house area, and an adjacent three floor section with public foyer, reception and feature staircase on the ground floor, rehearsal spaces and changing rooms on the first floor, and offices and sound / AV rooms on the second floor. The roof was constructed in two sections, for the auditorium and for the adjacent section, pitching towards each other with rainwater directed to a central gutter system. Hard landscaping and planting was also provided externally.

The Solution

Contract Value - £4.3mill

Duration – 87 weeks

  • Assisted with site setup and formulating site waste management plan.
  • Delivered a solution based on the severe logistical constraints on site.
  • A variety of containers were used throughout the project demonstrating a flexible solution, whilst also giving consideration to the build programme and materials schedule, thus neutralising waste costs where possible.
  • Advised and reported for BREEAM & CCS accreditation, with full post completion report.
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I have always found AWS extremely co-operative and ready to provide a first class and innovative solution to our waste management problems. I have found the staff to be supportive and helpful, always looking to provide added value. AWS provide a service which assures our sites are legislatively compliant and always looking for the better option to reduce our impact on the environment.

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