PLANS to unite public services with enterprise space to create a revolutionary ‘public service village’ in Bury St Edmunds have received crucial backing from local councillors.
Members of St Edmundsbury Borough Council have approved an outline business case for the proposed regeneration of the 15-acre Western Way development, as well as approving funding for project partners to prepare a final business case for the £100-£125m scheme.
The council has appointed Perfect Circle – a company that delivers the broadest range of consultancy services available to the public sector – to provide full, multi-disciplinary services for this stage of the project under the national One Public Estate Programme.
The vision for the development comprises a new £25m leisure centre – including an eight-lane 25m swimming pool – and a building to house public services such as a health centre, advice centre, police, councils and community and educational services, together with significant space for commercial businesses. Student accommodation for West Suffolk College is also planned.
Victoria Brambini, managing director at Perfect Circle, said: “We are very proud to be working on the redevelopment of Western Way, which is ground-breaking in how it will deliver public services to the community. This is a significant project for the region and is part of a long-term vision for the area that will also attract investment and create jobs.”
The team has been working on the project for two years following their work on the original site master plan and delivery of phase one, West Suffolk House; producing master planning options, project costs and supporting the outline business case.
Victoria added: “The plans will give the opportunity for radical regeneration, transform how services are provided and produce better outcomes for residents. The public service building will include an internal ‘street’ and a large, shared reception area, which will link offices, an advice centre, meeting spaces, leisure centre, health centre and cafe. By sharing purpose-built and flexible facilities, partners will be able to save on their running costs. It will also strengthen existing links between services and forge new ones.”
The final business case is expected to be presented to the new West Suffolk Council and public sector partners in summer 2019, with plans to open the first phase of the development in 2023.
John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “The Western Way Development will be another step change in the way that public services are delivered in West Suffolk, as well as the chance for public, private and voluntary sectors to work together in new and more affordable ways.
“There is a long way to go, but the council is pleased to continue to work with Perfect Circle on bringing forward this bold and exciting scheme, building on their work over the last two years.”
Perfect Circle was appointed for the scheme via the Scape National Built Environment Consultancy Services (BECS) framework, which provides the broadest range of consultancy services available to the public sector.
About Perfect Circle
Perfect Circle is a property, construction and infrastructure consultancy, delivering real value with full procurement compliance, for clients commissioning any aspect of their built environment projects.
With our extensive breadth of experts, we will lead a team of specialist consultant and allianced contractors.
Perfect Circle is the trading name of Perfect Circle JV Ltd, whose shareholders are Gleeds, Aecom and Pick Everard. Perfect Circle was awarded the Scape Built Environment Consultancy Services framework (BECS).
About Scape Group
Scape Group is a public-sector organisation, dedicated to creating ongoing efficiency and social value via the built environment. Scape and its subsidiaries offer fully managed frameworks, property services, innovative design solutions, community investment opportunities and joint ventures.
By bringing together the strongest teams from the public and private sectors, Scape’s rapidly deployed, highly measurable and collaborative approach delivers value for money and quality buildings whilst stimulating local economic growth and community enrichment. Scape operates with a buying capacity of around £13bn and has helped to deliver over 2,400 public sector projects with more than 1,700 currently in progress. In 2017, Scape Group was named the ‘Best Client to Work With’ across the public and private sector, at the annual Construction Enquirer Awards.
For more information visit: www.scapegroup.co.uk
About Pick Everard
Pick Everard is a leading independent property, construction and infrastructure consultancy renowned for cutting edge sustainable design, delivered through cost effective and efficient project management. Established in 1866, Pick Everard has an award-winning project portfolio covering major retail development, city centre and urban regeneration, commercial and leisure projects. Pick Everard, which has an integrated in-house team of 450 architects, engineers, surveyors and project managers, is also part of Perfect Circle – a consortium comprising Pick Everard, Gleeds and AECOM established to deliver the Scape Built Environment Consultancy Services framework. Pick Everard has offices in the UK in London, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Bury St Edmunds, Cardiff, Inverness and Bristol. For more information visit www.pickeverard.co.uk
Gleeds (www.gleeds.com) is an international property and construction consultancy with over 130 years’ experience in the property and construction industry. With 1800 dedicated staff across six continents and 71 offices, Gleeds prides itself on being a global business that is structured to act and think locally.
Working with clients in almost every sector, Gleeds services the entire project lifecycle and categorises its offering into the following core areas: programme and project management, commercial and contract management, property and asset management and advisory.
AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate critical infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $20.2 billion during fiscal year 2018. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM.