The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine was awarded planning permission for a new facility at Tavistock Place (aka TP2) in June 2018. Implementation of scheme should have followed planning approval and final contract negotiations with Kier. Unfortunately delays approving certain planning related documents held the project up and then once we had received the final costs from Keir the cost of the project significantly exceeded the budget available and did not provide value for money to LSHTM.
So unfortunately, we have had to conclude our contract negotiation with Keir and we are taking the project forward using a different approach with different contractors which is designed to achieve efficiencies while minimising the delay as much as possible. The project is now progressing as follows.
Twin track procurement
The project work is being split into two separate packages of work:
- Enabling works, which deals with the demolition of the existing buildings and internal alteration works (ie relocation of reception and a new internal stair) that are required to allow construction of the new building to proceed.
- Main works, which is for the construction of the new TP2 building.
In parallel with the above procurement, we are carefully reviewing the design and exploring areas of design refinement that have minimal or no impact on the design and functionality of the building. Such areas identified thus far are for things that will simplify the methodology or reduce the scope of works in some areas. This leads to a natural shortening of the time it takes for the build, which helps to reduce the period of disruption to the community and to LSHTM students and staff. These efficiencies will be reviewed and agreed with key stakeholders as we go.
Regarding procurement of the enabling and main works contracts, LSHTM recently procured a contractor’s framework and so these recently appointed contractors are available to deliver this project for us. This is allowing us to progress procurement with new contractors relatively quickly and the timeline for this is as follows:
- Enabling works: The enabling works tender was released to our framework contractors on 5 August 2019. Tenders were due to be returned on 13 September 2019, for a start on site 8 November 2019 and completion in June 2020.
- Main works: The main works tender is in preparation for release to our framework contractors on 16 September and we plan to start work on site in July 2020.
In parallel with all the above, we also continue to meet the requirements of Camden Council planning and we have successfully received approval of our plan for managing the construction works (Construction Management Plan, CMP). This is a key document to ensure we construct the building safely while minimising the impact on staff and the local community. The approved plan has been issued to our framework contractors who will adhere to its requirements. The CMP is a 'live' document and will be continually monitored in tandem with Camden Council and the community to ensure operations are streamlined to the benefit of the community and our students and staff. We have also successfully discharged a number of key planning conditions that are required to allow a start on site and we have submitted of our demolition notice which is formally required to allow demolition to start.
The following document are designed to give stakeholders an overview of activity and potential level of disruption.
Community Liaison Group (CLG) meetings will be scheduled on a monthly basis as construction operation progress.