Project planning precision at Oxford University’s Beecroft physics building
International engineering and construction giant Laing O’Rourke used Powerproject from Elecosoft for its planning and programme management on Oxford University’s Beecroft physics building.
As principal contractor for the Beecroft Building it took a one team approach that sustained the client relationship, minimised environmental impact and ultimately delivered a multi-award winning project, and a stunning state-of-the-art science building for Oxford.
The precision of the programme management and delivery was one factor in securing its project leader a prestigious Construction Manager of the Year Award.
The spires of Oxford are home to some of the best physicists in the world and Laing O’Rourke has given the city a world leading physics building in which to work.
This technically challenging project, which sank five storeys beneath the ground, not only saw deep excavation but involved tight tolerances.
It delivered a beautiful, bronze and glass clad, timber rich, highly functional set of spaces within which scientists can explore the universe.
The Beecroft Building at Oxford University has already won some of the most prestigious architecture and construction awards.
Its successful delivery depended on very precise project and programme management, not just because of its complexity but also in the face of some massive risks to the completion time frame.
This was one of the factors that added another award to the roster. Project Leader Rob Cooper gained Gold in the Higher Education category of the Construction Manager of the Year Awards, sponsored by Elecosoft.
He and Principal Planner Ola Odusote relied on Powerproject to plan, progress and manage construction to meet high expectations and some significant change needs.
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