Background

The delivery of a 300,000ft² retail-led mixed-use development in the heart of Chelmsford, including riverside restaurants, Everyman cinema and landscaped public space.

Bond Street Chelmsford was designed to provide a vibrant new shopping environment to cater for the needs of its growing catchment.

The development included the construction of a four storey shopping centre, Essex’s first John Lewis anchor store (three storeys), a secondary 25 unit retail and leisure block (including an Everyman cinema), a 280 space underground car park, several landscaped public realm areas, and the enabling of utility diversions.

Our Role
Stace provided multi-disciplinary support from inception to contract completion and continue to provide post completion support. Stace were appointed in a Project Management, Employers Agent, Building Surveying, Party Wall, Cost Management, Tenant Liaison and Construction Health & Safety Services capacity.

Our Impact
The main contract required a number of significant changes which the Project Management team had to carefully manage in order to remain within the client’s budget and achieve the target opening date. Shell construction had to be completed by the dates contracted with the tenants in order to allow sufficient time for their works to be undertaken. Frequent liaison and our committed approach to working collaboratively with Bowmer & Kirkland (B&K) facilitated the opening of the new centre on time.

Stace also provided a Tenant Liaison team, who have delivered upwards of twenty tenants into their units, all of which opened in time for the grand opening of John Lewis. This involved landlord agreements, tenant meetings, pre-start meetings, on-site monitoring and final permission to trade certificates.

As part of a Client Direct role we managed the works required to open the centre which fell in the gap between the Main Building Contract and Tenant works. This included shopfronts to unlet units, minor internal finishing works to the units, Car Parking payment and bay monitoring equipment. Minor works contracts were put in place with the relevant contractors and administered by Stace. Clear programme was key, ensuring that the scheme could open to the public at the same time as John Lewis opened its doors.

Stace Party Wall Surveying provided early advice during the feasibility stage to identify party wall issues during the construction stage. Frequent dialogue with the design and build contractor, the developer and adjoining owners ensured that party wall matters are progressed in sequence with the development programme. The Building Surveying team had a key role in checking that build quality was being maintained throughout the construction period.