Stroud College

New £17.8m campus development

Whole on-site redevelopment acts as turning point for a ‘special measures’ college

This whole campus redevelopment on the existing college-owned site required us to maintain operations, minimise disruption and ensure the safety of students and staff during construction. At the time of Keystone’s appointment as Lead Adviser, the College was in special measures and the delivery of a major redevelopment was an essential part of the strategy for turning the college around.

Surplus land on the site was sold to Barratt Homes in an innovative partnering approach developed by Keystone to maximise the value derived by the College on the land sale. The Developer/Partner and College worked together throughout the design and planning stages to ensure that the new college design was optimised and the site value maximised.

The new building has a gross internal area of 9,907sq m. Construction started in September 2005 and the project was delivered on time and to budget, to an enthusiastic reception during the 2007 Easter break.

Our services:

  • Strategic property advice and property strategy
  • Feasibility studies and funding applications
  • Intelligent Client Support
  • Land acquisition and disposal
  • Project management
  • Procurement

Our role:

Keystone provided the strategic property advice that led to the selection of the preferred option for redevelopment of the College.

As Project Manager and Employer’s Agent, we also acted as Lead Consultant and Lead Adviser, with a strategic overview in co-ordinating the design development, where we set and monitored key milestones with the architect.

The budget was very tight, so we maximised all value engineering considerations, while maintaining high quality and ultimately delivering a tangible ‘wow factor’.

Among other activities, we:

  • Prepared a robust business case that secured capital funding support from the LSC.
  • Our early involvement of a developer partner ensured the planning approval process was problem free and maximum value was obtained for the land disposal.
  •  We maintained a hands-on approach to Project Management during delivery. Our in-depth understanding of College operations enabled us to pre-empt potential issues during the design development phase.
  • As Employer’s Agent, when contractual differences arose with the contractor, we promoted open discussion and negotiated swift settlement, which have ultimately ensured that the building was completed on time and to budget.

If you think we can be of assistance, call us on 0117 952 3095, or email