BRISTOL FIRM Currie & Brown has been signed by Worcester Rugby Club to oversee work on a £7.4m redevelopment at its Sixways Stadium.
The asset management consultancy has been retained by the Club’s management team as Employer’s Agent administering the contract to ensure the project is delivered on programme within budget and to the desired quality.
The six-month project will see the old East stand and North East corner block at the Warrior’s ground redeveloped to include offices and retail outlets as well as an extended 6,000-seater stand.
A substantial part of the project including the stand, shop and hospitality facilities are scheduled for completion by September 2008 in time for the start of the new Guinness Premiership season, shortly followed by new offices.
Currie & Brown’s Bristol office has built a strong reputation in the south west, working on high profile projects, including the successful Project Management and Cost Management of the new multi-million pound new stand at Gloucester Rugby Club, which opened on time last year despite a demanding programme.
According to Jon Ross, Director at Currie & Brown’s offices in Great George Street, their track record in managing sports and stadium projects is vital for clients like Worcester, he said:
“With projects like this the window of opportunity to get in and complete the work is often very short and that’s where our experience in working this type of environment gives clients confidence”.
“The rugby season is going to start when it is scheduled to start and that focuses everyone’s mind. What we do is keep that focus sharp but at the same time we ensure that what is ultimately delivered meets the clients expectations.”
Commenting on the project, Worcester’s General Manager Charlie Little said:
“The proposed new East Stand will become one of the largest venues in Worcester. The expectation is that the stand will include a much-needed Business Club that will support the local business network in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and across the West Midlands. The new development in the North East corner of the stadium will become the focal point of the entire complex with an expansive main reception, accessible ticket office and spacious retailing opportunity on the ground floor.”
Earlier this year Currie & Brown were the only firm to secure a place on the four available frameworks for the University of the West of England (UWE) for Quantity Surveying and Project Management.
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Notes to Editors
1. Currie & Brown has had a presence in Bristol for over 20 years and now employs 12 people at its offices in Great George Street.
2. Currie & Brown is an international construction and management consultancy headquartered in London, with 13 regional sites across the UK, and offices throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Americas and associated offices in Africa.
3. Currie & Brown provides specialist expertise and consultancy services to key accounts and clients from four operating service divisions: Project Management, Cost Management, Consulting and Business Consultancy.
4. The company employs over 1000 people worldwide: 500 in the UK (50/50 split Scotland and England) and a further 500 in more than 50 overseas territories.
5. It is one of the world’s top 10 consultancies whose clients include Marks & Spencer, Royal Bank of Scotland, BBC, BAA, BP, Land Securities Trillium, and Shell Exploration.