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Crescent Arts Centre

CASE STUDY - The Crescent Arts Centre - Refurbishment & Extension
Braecom Project Management - Project Sponsor / Client Representative
Timescales July 2007 - July 2010
Value £7.2 million
Form of Contract - NEC 3 Option D
R.I.C.S AWARDS - Northern Ireland - Overall Project of The year - 2011


Crescent is a diverse community arts centre which is housed in a four-storey listed building located on University Road, Belfast.

The size and nature of the premises allows it to provide a diverse programme embracing the visual arts, dance, music in many forms, theatre and drama activities, verbal arts, crafts and community arts projects for people of all ages and abilities. The Crescent fills a unique niche in arts provision and is considered by the Arts sector to be integral to the Belfast arts community.

Braecom provided Sponsor/Client Representative for the Board of Trustees of The Crescent Arts Centre from early design stage on the project through to Construction and handover stages.

Positioned at the heart of the project and representing the diverse requirements from Project Funders (ACNI, DCAL, Heritage Lottery Fund, Northern Ireland Environment Agency (formerly Environment Heritage Services), Crescent Board of Trustees, Management, Tutors, Residents and other Stakeholders.

The role evolved in quite a diverse manner including:
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* * * The total responsible for the Decant of the organisation from the Grade II Listed building to temporary premises to continue operating.
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* * * Managing all the associated necessary statutory approvals, development of lease agreement and enabling works.
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* * * The day to day interface with the Design Team and Contractor on the refurbishment project, on technical and financial matters.
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* * * Consulting with all Stakeholder requirements for the centre to ensure maximum flexibility of use was achieved and a well equipped Centre was delivered.
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* * * Management of complex lands issues and access arrangements to ensure adjacent commercial premises continued to access and service business during the 18 month construction project.
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* * * Reporting monthly on project progress, financial performance and quality matters to Project Board and Board of Trustees.
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* * * Ensuring project critical decisions were made in a timely fashion and with maximum consultation with Stakeholders.
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* * * Establishment and management of a of detailed building commissioning programme from Handover through to re opening of the building to the public.
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* * * Responsiblity to ensure the refurbishment project was completed on time, to budget and to the highest level of fit out quality in terms of equipment and facilities.
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* * * Managing the project finances for the Crescent Arts Centre in terms of funder applications, monthly drawdowns and careful cashflow management and to ensure the smooth and uninterrupted running of the project once it was on site.
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* * * Managing the project through OGC Health Check Reviews.
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* * * Development of Client risk Budget and agreement of procurement strategy on the project including the management of the various Client Fixtures & Fitting procurement process including Audio Visual and furniture.
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* * * Management and regular review of Project Client Risk Register with the NEC Option D contract.
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* * * Some unique aspects of the project were successful management of the significant Swift Habitat during the works.
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* * * The development of Interpretation Strategy and development of the Interpretation Panels capturing the history of the building and the resident organisations.
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Braecom provided the decision making role of Client Working on this unique refurbishing and extending of a landmark grade II listed Building and successfully managed the diverse and competing Stakeholder interests to achieve completion in Spring of 2010, Braecom ensured through the management of client risk Items that the refurbished Centre was a well equipped building with maximum flexibility of use in which the Crescent Arts Centre shall continue to flourish.

The project was delivered on time, within a strict budget and to a high standard of finish.

Braecom were jointly awarded the Man And Biosphere MAB (UNESCO) Award for the work done in the planning and protection of the Swift Habitat during the refurbishment project.

The Refurbishment of the Crescent Arts Centre was voted R.I.C.S. project of the year - 2012 in Northern Ireland and came joint 2nd in the category of community Benefit in the R.I.C.S. National Awards London.

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External View of Crescent Arts Centre
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Cafe at Crescent Arts Centre
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Crescent Arts Centre by night
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The Cube
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External Interpretation Panel at Crescent Arts Centre
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Stonework at Crescent Arts Centre
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