Landmark 21st Century Community Hub Completed

June 2021

With a bespoke, intricate and specialist design established, we worked with our dedicated supply-chain to achieve the exemplary finish required for internal remodelling and external alterations.

Client:   West Sussex County Council

Architect:  Atkins

Quantity Surveyor:  Faithful & Gould

Constructing the new Community Hub 

Tasked with both an internal remodel and external alterations, we coordinated a robustly phased programme to maximise delivery efficiency.

Internally, this comprised the demolition of existing partitions.  Thereafter, new partitions, entrance doors, internal doors and finishes were executed.  Furthermore, we coordinated the adaptation of the existing MEP through our approved specialist supply-chain.

Externally, works included installing raised beds, canopy/covered external space, a buggy shelter and fencing.

Safeguarding an Occupied Site 

Throughout the works, we protected the ongoing requirement for Council services to be conducted in the building.  This included the Council Schools and Library Service staff requiring access to their team’s office, the basement library and the basement bookstore.

When requiring access the Council staff were indicted into the site by our Site Manager and escorted to and from the aforementioned areas.  Interfaces were restricted by our robust segregation strategy, ensuring the safety and security of both visitors and site staff alike.

An Inclusive, Flexible and Welcoming New Facility 

Now complete, this benchmark new space allows the local Council to combine several essential services.

Thanks to the execution of the robust internal remodel, the Council registration services, children and family services, ‘Find it Out’ club, youth emotional support services and library service can all be run from the new Community Hub.

Critically, this new Hub also provides a flexible space for a variety of end-users within the local community.  Bespoke new facilities, targeted at satisfying the diverse cross-section of local interests, include:

  • Flexible meeting rooms hosting a wide range of services and community support groups.
  • An inclusive changing places toilet on the ground floor.
  • A private meeting pod, quiet zone, study bar and personal study desks.
  • A suite of custom-designed registration rooms with a dedicated comfortable waiting area.
  • A specialist antenatal room for midwifery clinic appointments.

This landmark entry into the local infrastructure achieves the Council’s ambition of reducing ongoing revenue expense, through the consolidation of local assets and services into Community Hubs.

Delivering Safety, Quality and Best Value Through the Pandemic

As a result of the COVID-19 lockdown for the construction industry, we accommodated unavoidable changes to the original programme.  However, through our dynamic delivery model, we were able to deliver this landmark new facility to the revised timeline.  This included robustly coordinating our approved supply-chain to the enhanced new production schedule, whilst at all times complying with enhanced infection controls on site.