Project: Kingspan Stadium
Client: Ulster Rugby
Service: Electrical & Mechanical
The project consisted of phase one of the redevelopment of the old Ravenhill Rugby Grounds for the Ulster Rugby Association. Phase on consisted of a new state of the art corporate stand, housing 20 high spec corporate boxes, 532 premier seats, plus full bar and resturant facilities.
Taking in the combined contract of M&E services at £957,604.92 and was completed in less than 5 months, working alongside the rugby clubs fixtures.
The 18,000sq ft modern two storey stadium is the first step to regenerating the Ulster Rugby Grounds. From the outset AEM Ltd Mechanical and Electrical project managers, Anthony Donaghy (Electrical Contracts Manager) and Liam Craughwell (Mechanical Contracts Manager) had to work close and fast to coordinate the services within the rapid pace of the project.
We achieved this through close liaison with the construction team, Heron Brothers and the M&E Design Team, Arup. Due to the sporting ground being located within a built up residential area, AEM Ltd has to ensure that great detail was taken when co-ordinating delivery of services. Including the client within the build process enabled us to achieve a better end product by utilising their knowledge of what the public using the facility required.
The latest technology in security was used to allow the local police to monitor the crowds via automated and recording CCTV Television from multiple locations. As this was phase one of the redevelopment all specialist systems had to be open protocol and expandable to facilitate future expansion, including a complex cable way system for ease of installing future cables.
Given the nature of the build, planning, co-ordination and execution of the works between all trades and specialists became vital to the success of the project. To overcome this element we implemented various strategies ensuring successful delivery to one client.
We immediately started into creating a live working Design & Co-ordination Group that involved all key personnel from Designers (M&E), Main Contractors representatives and Specialist Sub-contractors representatives. We found that this process eased the procurement process and teased out any difficulties from the Engineering and Installation Methodologies. These meetings were held fortnightly and targets with Achievement Measurements were set for the forthcoming fortnight.
The management of technical queries and co-ordination difficulties was handled directly by our construction managers with weekly recorded meetings charting progress programme, queries, co-ordination, change review and cost.