11 June 2020
Sponsored by Waterloo Air Products
The Kennedy Building at Kent University is the second project to be completed by Willmott Dixon following the success of the Sibson Building which sits adjacent to the Kennedy Building in Keynes College Campus, Canterbury. In April 2019, they handed over the keys of the new £13.4m building the University of Kent, defect free, on time and to budget.
The University of Kent is renowned for producing world-class research and learning facilities. This development has now become home to the School of Economics - giving shared teaching and amenity facilities along with both soft and hard landscaping, car parking and cycle stores. The new building creates a strong identity for the School of Economics and the development of the Business Hub within the wider masterplan.
Construction of the 4,000 m2 (gross floor area) L-shaped building began in January 2018 and took 16 months to complete.
As a team, they took the learnings from their work on the Sibson building and knew that creating engagement amongst every stakeholder was of upmost importance. Decisions were made together with their customer, the design and supply chain. The ‘one team’ approach meant they agreed and managed the sequence throughout the project, ensuring there were no surprises along the way and zero snags left before handing over.
Prior to their work with the University of Kent, it had a history of poor-performing main contractors. However, due to the success of their collaborative projects, Willmott Dixon is now on site working with the University of Kent to deliver a third project – The Kent and Medway Medical School.
Highlights of the collaboration include:
Mark Ashmore, Project Manager for the University of Kent Estates Department:
“This was the easiest project of this type I have managed and this was solely down to the Willmott Dixon team. It has been really enjoyable to work on. We thought it would be a challenge to meet the standards delivered by Willmott Dixon on the previous project (Sibson Building) but this team has comfortably done just that! It was finished on time and under budget – a great result. Also, the project was final accounted before practical completion which has never happened to me before!”
About the Integration & Collaborative Working Award:
Collaborative working is central to the core values of Constructing Excellence and its drive for positive change in construction. It is most likely to manifest in the delivery of specific projects, however those who can demonstrate a culture across a series or programme of projects show leadership in a sustained approach. Integration of the supply chain, the client and end users will normally lead to a better outcome satisfying all stakeholders.