A landmark development in Leeds on a restricted, high profile city centre site next to Leeds Arena. Great teamwork led by K2 as PM, EA and CM to overcome a variety of technical challenges posed by two high rise towers, basement car park and extensive public realm.
With two towers connected with a link bridge, a basement car park and redevelopment of external public spaces including significant s278 public realm works and 10,000 ft2 of associated commercial space, this was a technically challenging, but rewarding project.
We worked closely with Unite to produce costed development appraisals which made the most of the site, appointing and managing the design team during pre-development stage and developing options which met the requirements of all stakeholders. We managed design charettes and project risk and value management workshops from these earliest stages through the whole life of the project.
The nature of the site required complex logistics planning working closely with the contractor and multiple third parties. K2 led extensive stakeholder management throughout, including between the developer, contractor, planning authority, counter terrorism officers, lawyers and highway authority during the s278 public realm redevelopment process.
Applying a cost-led design approach to a project provides improved control of the budget and ultimately much greater certainty of project cost - but it requires the right technical expertise and knowledge of the construction process to be successful.