West Dunbartonshire Council Office

  • Client: hub West Scotland / West Dunbartonshire Council
  • Role: Quantity Surveying, CDMC and Principle Designer Services
  • Value: £13 million
  • Programme: Due on site May 2016 - Completion July 2017
  • Procurement: hub DBDA
  • Location: Dumbarton, Scotland

Project Description

The new build council office is the main component of the West Dunbartonshire Councils Office Rationalisation Programme, which aims to reduce the amount of office space occupied by the council.

The project is an opportunity for the council to introduce best practice workplace environments which will be developed through a change management programme. The design has been developed to allow the council to embed new ways of working across service department; enable easy access to services including back office/front office splits, partnerships and joint working. By improving the quality of the accommodation, the project has minimised the whole life cost burden to the council.

The works comprise the demolition of the existing Burgh Hall to make way for the new build element of the office building. The site on Castle Street utilises the existing Grade A listed façade which was formerly part of the Dumbarton Burgh Halls (the old Academy Building). This façade has many components which required an integrated solution to the design including the restoration and conservation of the historical façade, the regeneration of a town centre site and the establishment of a 21st century workplace providing flexibility for council activities together with openness for public access to services.

Our Role / Scope

Our role on the project is to provide Quantity Surveying and CDMC / PD services from Strategic Support Partnering Service stage through to Financial Close and subsequent Cost Management services through to completion on site.

Following our early stage advice under Strategic Support Services, the project was successfully delivered through hub Stage 0 and stage 1. A compliant Stage 2 submission which is viewed as affordable by the participant was submitted and is currently being reviewed with a view to achieve Financial Close by the end of May 2016.

Our involvement at each of the stages throughout the project together with our challenge ethos has ensured that the project remained on budget. Whilst there have been a number of budgetary challenges we have worked collaboratively with the Design Team and Tier 1 contractor to resolve these and remain within the project financial constraints.

Technical Capacity

The team comprise of the following:

  • Project Lead Quantity Surveyor (Director);
  • Quantity Surveying Team; and
  • CDMC/Principle Designer Consultant

Benefits To Client

  • All of Doig + Smith’s key team members are experienced in hub forms of procurement;
  • Comprehensive understanding of hub procurement processes.