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Nottingham College appoints local SME to carry out a restoration project on their Grade II listed campus

The college received ‘excellent guidance and service’ when procuring construction works through CCS.

The requirement

Nottingham College needed to procure a package of works for a comprehensive internal makeover, against a challenging deadline and limited budget. 

The college wanted to create new and inviting spaces within their Grade II listed Adams Building, which forms part of the college’s campus, for existing and prospective students to undertake their studies. 

In order for the college to open on time to students and allow the curriculum to be delivered as scheduled, the work would have to be completed in a 4 month period. 

The solution

Nottingham College chose to use the ‘Construction Works and Associated Services’ framework for their procurement, as it provided a trusted and reliable vehicle for procuring a diverse range of services. The framework allowed them to work at pace within procurement boundaries that adhered to our college financial regulations.

Following a competitive bid process, works were undertaken by J Tomlinson Ltd in 2 phases. This included significant internal alterations, repairs and maintenance works across the 7-storey building, including the relocation of the College’s hair and beauty salon facilities.

The supplier worked closely with conservation specialists to deliver an ambitious refurbishment and restoration project across the 1800s-built building that preserved its striking features and heritage status.

The results 

Joanna Cranshaw, Capital Projects Manager from Nottingham College said:

‘The process was efficient, providing the college with an excellent platform to access reputable building contractors which had already been vetted by CCS.

‘Using the framework, Nottingham College appointed a local SME who was efficient, co-operative and proactive. We worked with our professional advisors and CCS throughout the bid process to ensure the procurement was delivered on time, in full.

‘Nottingham College was very pleased with the service CCS provided. As first time users of the CCS framework we were provided with excellent guidance and assistance from Craig Garsed, commercial agreements manager, and Mark Alley, technical support. Both were extremely helpful, resolving all issues raised promptly and completely to our satisfaction. We wouldn’t hesitate to use the framework again.’

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