Aycliffe Secure Childrens Home Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham
HPA were invited by Durham County Council to tender for Architectural Consultancy Services in April 2009 along with other specialist advisors / designers in the area of expertise, namely Keppie Design and Atkins plus another. HPA successfully won the commission by achieving success in both cost and quality and performance at interview.
The client also provided an exemplar plan which they had developed and this was largely based upon Woodlands, Bangor project that we had designed and delivered.
Durham County Council commenced working with their appointed Technical Team and sought to deliver, on a tight programme, a model design that would satisfy the project investment objectives and critical success factors and accord with the outline design criteria developed up to RIBA Stage B. This was successfully done under the leadership of Project Champion and our own director Warwick McCullough supported by key team of Harry Porter, Rea Campbell, Kevin O’Connor and Simon Black.
The development of the design specification and exemplar model involved consultation with and direct input from a cross section of staff from the existing centre at Aycliffe, practitioners from other custodial centres including Woodlands in Northern Ireland and representatives from other stakeholder groups such as the DAAT, PCT, Ofsted, Specialist service providers and interested parties. Through a series of workshops, we lead the team and refined the preferred design footprint to establish a fully costed design model. The model clearly illustrated how the design specification could be delivered, and will be used as the design template in the procurement process and will be issued as part of the Invitation to Tender documentation.
After development the ITT and Design + Build documents we were novaited to the successful contractor to deliver with them the project.