calfordseaden has been extensively involved in the regeneration of Stonebridge Park Estate in Brent. Hillside Hub is one of the successfully delivered developments as part of this community regeneration initiative.

Known locally as the “Hub”, this completed development was built on the site of a former multi-storey car park and petrol station and provides a new primary care centre, community centre, coffee shop, supermarket and 59 residential units for shared ownership and private sale.

The project team were involved in extensive and detailed consultation with all stakeholders involved in the project, to ensure that their aspirations, needs and requirements were understood. As cost consultants/employer’s agents it was fundamental to ensure that value management was at the forefront of the consultation process to ensure deliverability.

Following our appraisal the client changed the procurement to Design and Build and replaced the architect. We were appointed to correct project direction and bring it back on track financially whilst retaining the landmark desired status of the project. One of our first tasks was to create a comprehensive risk register to identify and allocate risk. We identified the complexity of the design and high quality demands as areas of continued uncertainty and risk.

Our pre-contract risk management provided a sound platform to manage risks, this reduced potential conflict with the contractor and client. We sought and achieved a collaborative working relationship, which provided a forum for risk to be reviewed and resolved.

On our recommendation, specialist advisors were appointed for structural services and construction management to facilitate the full identification of risks and their management. The integration of these specialisms contributed to the production of a robust set of ERs, which ensured accurate pricing and competitive tenders. We closely reviewed and liaised with contractors to ensure they had appropriately priced the contract, which enabled value engineering to be undertaken in order to achieve cost targets and quality requirements.

During the tender process, the client introduced some late requirements, these were included in the Contract as a provisional sum due to time constraints. We also worked closely with the contractor and design team to identify possible savings without sacrificing quality; investigating options affecting capital and maintenance to enable the client to make informed decisions. Despite the complexity of this project net cost savings for the final account were achieved.


Mail on Sunday British Homes Award Best Mixed Use Development 2009, Building Awards Housing Project of the Year Runner Up 2009, Regeneration and Renewal Awards Housing Project of the Year Finalist 2009, CABE Building for Life Gold Standard 2010, Brit Insurance Design Awards Finalist 2011, Civic Trust Community Impact and Engagement Award 2011, Sustain Magazine Design and Architecture Award 2010, Building Better Healthcare Award 2010, RICS Regeneration Award 2010.