University of Sheffield, Norton Playing Fields

  • Form of Contract

    Form of Contract

    JCT Design & Build

  • Client


    University of Sheffield

  • Architect



  • Engineers



  • Programme


    18 Weeks

  • Completion


    November 2021

Works Scope

Britcon was employed under a JCT 2016 Design and Build contract as Principal Contractor for this project. The scope of works consisted of developing a notional solution provided by our client to relieve Norton Playing Fields of a traffic management and neighbouring traffic parking issue.

The works included installation of a new sustainable drainage system situated beneath a new, 90 parking space car park; construction of a new, one-way traffic management road network and the installation of pedestrian footways, road construction, kerb lines, surfacing works, white lining, road lighting, CCTV camera system and an automatic traffic barrier to control vehicle movements.

Additional works were instructed to alleviate a historic-area ground flooding issue and these works were incorporated and completed in our main contracted works.

Key Project Challenges

  • 18 Weeks programme.
  • Weather conditions and area flooding issues.
  • Temporary works, excavations, and live services.
  • Management of pedestrians and public interfaces.

How we successfully delivered the project

We undertook multiple, pre-construction planning sessions with all stakeholders and developed our plan for the project construction phase. Our experienced, in-house professionals and group support provided the project with the technical competence to complete the scope of works. This technical support provided expertise for the civils and surfacing works associated with the project.  

Our experienced, local team used our collaborative project management planning techniques to automate the workflow processes, supporting transparency and collaboration with the client, project team and designers.

Our 4 levels of planning consists of:

  • The contract CL31 and CL32 NEC programme
  • Collaborative lean planning techniques
  • 5 Weeks planning boards
  • Daily coordination briefings (recorded and documented)


Added value and social impact:

  • 94% customer satisfaction survey score
  • Locally-sourced sustainable drainage aggregates/products
  • 12 local, directly-employed operatives completed the works 
  • Relationships increased with Sheffield Hallam University
  • 1 work apprentice placement completed.