Largs Academy

  • Client: hub South West
  • Role: Quantity Surveying Services
  • Value: £42 million
  • Programme: January 2015 to December 2017
  • Procurement: DBFM
  • Location: Largs, Scotland

Project Description

This project involves the creation of a new school campus on a greenfield site that brings together a nursery school, Roman Catholic primary school, nondenominational primary school and a high school into one combined school campus whilst maintaining the identities of the individual schools. The school will also provide a community hub as well as sharing facilities with the adjacent Sport Scotland facility.

Once complete, the school will provide a 1200 pupil secondary school, 600 pupil non-denominational primary school, 200 pupil Roman Catholic primary school and 70/70 pupil nursery school.

Our Role / Scope

Our team, led by Ian Bowd, fulfilled the role of quantity surveyor for the project from inception through to Financial Close and was fully accountable to hub South West for all cost related items and were fully visible to the entire project team including hub, North Ayrshire Council, the Tier 1 Contractor, the Technical Advisor and SFT.

During Stage 1 we worked closely with the Tier 1 Contractor and the Participant to develop a detailed cost plan to reflect the emerging requirements. At this time it became clear that the affordability cap would be a challenge and a series of workshops were undertaken to value engineer elements of the design and to also agree an increase in the affordability cap. As the project progressed through Stage 2 and market testing we undertook a strict process of change control to track the developing design and identify any changes to the affordability cap.

Ian and Lauren successfully challenged in excess of £3m of Prime Costs during agreement of the Final Prime Cost.

Technical Capacity

The team comprise of the following:

  • Lead Quantity Surveyor;
  • Quantity Surveyor

Benefits To Client

  • Application of lessons learned from previous hub school projects and comprehensive understanding of hub procurement process.
  • Previous experience working with the Participant, hub Development Manager and the Technical Advisor on the Garnock Campus.

Once complete, the school will provide a 1200 pupil secondary school, 600 pupil non-denominational primary school, 200 pupil Roman Catholic primary school and 70/70 pupil nursery school.