Client: University of Cambridge / SDC
Location: Cambridge

Greenwich House Refurbishment

This project involved the relocation of 500 staff of 8 different departments from a number of city centre locations into an office building off Madingley Road.

The scope of works included the strip out and refurbishment of the existing building, the construction of a new mezzanine floor, a new entrance lobby, a new link building as well as landscaping and reconfiguration of car parking and cycle racks. Appointed by the Contractor, SBA joined the delivery team (at stage F) with a remit to value engineer the project from £7m to £5m without compromise to quality or functionality. 

Alongside the above works, SBA was appointed by the University to assist with FF&E procurement from tender analysis through to delivery, a challenge which involved value engineering the FF&E from £700k to £365k at the same time as increasing the number of workstations. Once again, SBA met the challenge and succeeded in delivering the FF&E package, complete with bespoke reception desk, on time and on budget whilst maintaining the integrity of the scheme, the quality of the furniture and flexible/acoustic furniture in break out areas for agile working.

Project Scope:

  • Rationalisation of services
  • Simplification of design and detailing
  • Specification of cost effective finishes
  • Rationalisation of joinery
  • Review of fire strategy with consequent reduction in number of escape stairs
  • Comprehensive review of all sanitaryware, accessories, fixtures and fittings
  • Flexible furniture solutions
  • Reuse of existing furniture in team/supporting facilities
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“Following a successful handover of Greenwich House yesterday I wanted to drop you all a quick line to say thank you for all playing your part in overcoming some substantial hurdles to deliver what can be seen as a very successful project.” “All members of the Design Team must be congratulated for drawing, re-drawing and then value engineering in what, at times, must have felt like Groundhog Day. We are ensuring that the University are aware of the commitment and professionalism which was demonstrated by all of you for often little financial return.“

Daniel Thomas (Associate) Project Management, Bidwells