We combine our engineering expertise with our knowledge of available funding sources, for the benefit of our clients.
In West Sussex, our subsidiary Hamson Partnership have been involved in a project to build a new community centre in Angmering for the parish council. Our initial cost analysis of the client's outline design showed that, at £1.1m, it was beyond the funding available.
To prevent the project from stalling, we set about value-engineering the design to reduce the cost. We did this in conjunction with the contractors and their architects, jointly developing solutions that were easier and cheaper to build. As part of this process, we introduced modern sustainable technology to the design, because we knew that doing so could make the whole project eligible for some central government funding. We modified the mechanical & electrical design to use a ground source heat pump and photovoltaic cells, and assisted the parish council in their grant applications to the Big Lottery Fund and the DECC Low Carbon Building Programme.
The applications were successful in raising a further £88,000 for the project. Combined with savings in the order of £200,000 we had made through value engineering, this brought the cost back in line with the available budget. Construction was able to go ahead, and the results can be seen on the Angmering Community Centre website.