Fire Service College

Caledonian delivered this 100 room residential Fire Safety and Emergency Management training facility, opened by Princess Anne.

The Fire Service College wished to offer a high standard of comfort for the many delegates and overseas students (often bringing their families with them) that they welcome for weeks or even months at a time.

This three story building was constructed using our line loaded system. This system has been developed to allow a greater level of fit-out with each bed space being 95% complete in our factory.

Utilising our bespoke approach and in conjunction with the client’s team we developed a more efficient build process – as an example historically, residential units for hotels are single unit construction, where each room is housed within a single module. However following initial design discussions we proved that using a large line loaded frame we could in fact build a ‘room – corridor – room’ layout within one module. This reduced the overall cost of the scheme, meaning that we were ultimately installing half as many modules.

Once approval was given to proceed, design workshops were prioritised to firstly address key planning elements followed by client critical items and building performance. Following on, once planning was submitted, we introduced our wider design team such as furniture, fittings and equipment and mechanical and electrical to enable early sign-off and surety of scope and cost.

Once critical items were agreed the workshops moved onto interior design phase and more local design issues. We manufactured a full prototype for client sign-off two months prior to going into the full production of the 100 bed spaces. This system is similar to the one used on hotel accommodation and allows the client to critique a ‘live’ full working example of the proposed room.

In the particular situation of the Fire Service College the prototype was transported to the College site as part of an open day proposed by the client, also giving us the invaluable opportunity to test the transport route and installation phase of the project.

A detailed cost plan was prepared and monitored as the design developed, through the utilisation of BIM, we were able to identify any potential cost fluctuation early and first and foremost target a solution that was cost neutral.

Any alteration or amendment was fed back into the management team and discussed for viability. It was critical to the client that early warning of any issues be highlighted and addressed well ahead of the final price being prepared. Four weeks after the second stage award Caledonian commenced work package procurement.

To support local economies all relevant packages were tendered to at least one local contractor, all returned prices were benchmarked against previous educational schemes and the BCIS index of prices.

Prior to working on the College site a full internal review of the design, construction and programme risks was undertaken.

Each risk was assessed in conjunction with the relevant department. In the case of the Fire Service College, one of the major risks was the volume of traffic and visitors to the campus. Ensuring a tight and none intrusive boundary meant that Caledonian opted for a hoarded fence, providing (decorated with photographic images of the proposed development). During installation areas of the also college had restricted movements enforcements put in place to ensure the safety of everyone on site at all times.

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