Case Study


Saughall Massie Community Fire Station: A focus on BIM


Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
Wates Construction
January 2018
December 2018
Form of Contract
JCT D&B 2011
Delivery Type
Design and Build

Following the successful completion of Prescot Fire Station for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS), NWCH – in partnership with Wates – were contracted to design and build Saughall Massie Community Fire Station.

As part of the client’s developing brief, the delivery of Level 2 BIM was stated as a requirement for the project. High Value and Medium Value NWCH Framework Partners were assessed on their ability to deliver BIM during ITT in order to be appointed to the framework, therefore all are capable of delivering BIM and guiding clients through the BIM journey.

In order to meet these requirements, Wates – the NWCH framework contractor, who are accredited by the BSI for the delivery of Level 2 BIM – provided in-house BIM resources and hosted a series of workshops with MFRS during the feasibility stage of the project. These workshops were led by assessed and qualified NWCH Framework Partners, and assisted MFRS with understanding what formed a Level
2 BIM deliverable and how the data could be utilised during the design development and operational phase of the built asset. This also ensured that the clients were sufficiently guided through the BIM journey, and that the project’s BIM requirements
could be identified and formalised in the project documentation.

Once the project requirements were defined, the wider design team and supply chain (who are also suitably skilled to respond) were brought on board in order to ensure they were involved in the overall Level 2 BIM delivery.

Upon project completion a BIM handover workshop was hosted to affirm that the client’s estates team fully understood the data they were receiving, and also to identify any potential lessons learnt on Saughall Massie Community Fire Station, in order to inform the client’s requirements for their next scheme.

Wates were procured as principal contractor through the Design and Build route and therefore were responsible for the design from RIBA Inception. For this reason, they were able to use their build expertise to provide an input on design progress, early design co-ordination of all of the design disciplines, including specialist supply chain design, clash detection and its impact on buildability. This significantly
reduced the risk of re-working unresolved design detailing and interfaces during the build stage, and provided greater visual communication to articulate the design conformity with client needs. If they had been procured via the traditional approach
of construction only, said expertise would not be available at this stage.

Benefits included:
1. 3D model coordination identified that the steel frame needed to be coordinated with overhead doors. As such, the frame and doors were reconfigured to ensure they were properly coordinated prior to installation on site.
2. 3D Model Coordination detected incorrect sizing of column encasements, causing re-drafting of column encasements to correct sizes so that the correct design intent was finalised prior to construction on site.
3. 3D Coordination detected ductwork clashes with steel beams in ceiling voids, resulting in altering height of ductwork and coordinating with ceiling voids prior to installation on site.
4. COBie asset data provided for major maintainable items so that this data can be carried through to the operational phase of the built asset.