Case Study


Wythenshawe Forum


Manchester City Council
October 2017
February 2018
Form of Contract
Delivery Type
Design and Build

Internal re-configuration and refurbishment works to take place within the adult learning zone.
The adult learning zone is currently occupied by both Manchester College and Manchester Adult Education Service (MAES). Manchester College is due to vacate its areas in July 2017.

The re-configuration of the internal space will allow a new external client, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to occupy a section of the premises from March 2018. The floor area occupied by MAES will subsequently reduce.

The scope of works include:
• Removal of partitions to create open-plan office layouts
• Erection of new partitions where required, to achieve the proposed floor layouts
• Renewal of suspended ceilings and floor coverings to re-configured areas
• Installation of new breakout facilities
• Installation of platform lifts
• Alterations to the extension of existing toilet provision
• Modifications and upgrades to M&E services to suit new layouts/ client

There is a number of social value activities planned across the duration of the project. These include employability training, employability support, apprenticeships, education activities, work placements, training weeks, community activities and working with WCHG.

Participants will have the opportunity to complete a two week accredited training programme via the contractor’s Building Futures programme. The programme consists of Considerate Constructor Scheme training, CV writing and mock interviews as well as ‘hands on’ experience working on the live site.

Local colleges, schools and youth clubs will have the opportunity to visit site, attend a safety talk and a careers fair at the Forum to learn more about working in the construction industry.

‘We have recently completed the 2 stage process at Wythenshawe Forum that involved several stakeholders. Through regular communication and meetings with the contractor, we worked as one team to overcome a few challenges and achieved an agreed contract sum within the tight time-frames allocated. We found the contractor to be collaborative and very proactive in offering options for consideration and provided exceptional quality outcomes for the Forum.’ Marcus Shaw, Senior Estates Surveyor, Manchester City Council