Guildford Borough Council
Development Management, Project Management
GLive is Guildford’s exciting entertainment venue that replaced the Guildford Civic Centreí. The building was completed on time and £1m under budget. The new arts and entertainment centre includes a main auditorium (capacity 1,000 seated / 1,700 standing), a versatile studio space, two function rooms, five seminar rooms, bars and catering facilities. K2’s role in the successful completion of this project consisted Project Management, Strategic Project Advice and Management Consultancy.
K2 acted as Project Co-ordinator on behalf of Guildford Borough Council, responsible for project strategy, appointment and management of designers and consultants, contractor procurement strategy in liaison with the Council and their legal and procurement advisors. We had overall responsibility for budget and programme, reporting directly to Council Executives and Officers. K2 managed the OJEU process for the procurement of the Commercial Operator via a competitive dialogueí process. Post completion of the venue, K2 managed the transition from construction to operation, together with post occupancy liaison. The construction works were procured via a two-stage design & build process. Willmott Dixon were selected as the preferred contractor, after which a value engineering exercise was undertaken to reduce the overall construction budget by £4m. The sustainable design and environmental benefits of the new venue have been recognised with a BREEAM Excellentí rating.