Central Hall Building, University of York

  • Form of Contract

    Form of Contract

    JCT Design & Build

  • Client


    University of York

  • Architect


    MBO Architects

  • Engineers



  • Programme


    12 Weeks

  • Completion


    August 2018

Works Scope

This contract formed part of a programme of refurbishment and extension works planned for the University West campus, over a three-year period.

Britcon undertook the first stage of the twelve-week redevelopment of the Central Hall, which included the upgrade of the existing mechanical and electrical infrastructure, alongside the replacement of all existing windows with curtain walling to help improve the energy efficiency of the building, and the construction of an extension including a new lift and stair extension.

The facility was ready and fully commissioned for the new university term.

Key Project Challenges

  • Live University Campus - 20,000 students.
  • Fast track programme.
  • Phased works and site services.
  • Reducing carbon and energy costs.

How we successfully delivered the project

We undertook ECI with all stakeholders and developed a stakeholder engagement plan. This included engaging with a number of specialist suppliers who had valuable campus knowledge. We produced detailed RAMS and a programme to minimise our impact on site. We used MMC for some of the M&E elements to support delivery of the fast-track programme.

Our experienced, local team used our Procure project management software to automate many of the contract and workflow processes, supporting transparency and collaboration with the client, project team and designers.

MMC use and lean programming supported the 12-week delivery programme.
Use of a social value calculator helped the University demonstrate tangible impacts to support their UN Sustainable Development goals.

Added value and social impact

  • SROI impact £452k
  • 86% of subcontracts placed
  • 1 new job created
  • 36 apprentice weeks supported
  • 1 work experience student accommodated
  • 2 student site visits provided
  • Post occupancy evaluations highlighted an 88% end user satisfaction
  • £600 donation to a local foodbank
  • Installation of LEDs reduced carbon impacts
  • 9/10 customer satisfaction score