Powerproject helps BAM on award-winning University of Arts project and Leeds Arena

Powerproject helps cohesive approach on multi-award-winning BAM University of Arts

BAM’s £176 million Eastern Goods Yard project for developer Argent is part of a major regeneration programme of the King’s Cross area of London. The Eastern Goods Yard project, comprises a new campus for the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, part of the University of Arts, London (UAL), along with retail areas, leisure facilities, offices and public spaces.

UAL was a large project employing numerous subcontractors that required the input of several BAM planners at once. “We used Powerproject extensively for the duration of the project to manage the many phases and stages of the programme,” explained Mick Davis, BAM’s Senior Planner for the project. A four-year long operation of careful planning, scheduling, construction and communication culminated in the project receiving multiple awards from across the industry. Click on case study below to see awards and to read the story.

“Using Powerproject meant that our planners could work on the project in unison, regardless of their location, have the same visibility across the programme and get an accurate view of updates and progress to all areas.”

BAM identifies and fixes 90 percent of conflicts before reaching site using BIM with Powerproject

Positioned in the heart of the city, the newly completed £60 million Leeds Arena is a world-class music and entertainment venue with a capacity for 13,500 people. It has been designed with easy modification in mind to meet the changing requirements of a diverse event schedule, which could be anything from theatre to in-door sports. It boasts a unique, fan-shaped seating arrangement around the stage which is located at the back rather than the centre of the arena, designed to give spectators the best views and acoustic experience from any position.

The build itself was on an enormous scale, requiring hundreds of thousands of tonnes of structural steelwork and featuring a single-span roof of 70m at its widest point, supported by 14 7m-deep trusses.

A huge 55m-long and 10m-high proscenium beam sits at the opening to the stage. This was a build so large and so complex, that contractor BAM determined that using Building Information Modelling (BIM), linked to its default programme management software Powerproject, would be the best possible way forward: to build it virtually first and iron out any errors before they appeared on site.

Senior Planner was Douglas Robertson. His role was to create the planning functions and work to the Powerproject programme, check progress, monitor output and carry out programme meetings with sub contractors. He was also responsible for logistics meetings, training and materials – it was a full-time,
on-site job.

“We integrate Powerproject with Navisworks to see how the building will develop. As you are going along you can see six months ahead to any particular stage of a build, whether that be by week or by day – it’s really powerful.”

About BAM

BAM engages in design, construction, services engineering, property development and facilities management from a network of offices across England, Scotland and Wales. Its strong regional presence allows it to deliver its expertise locally and to stay close to customers and the communities where it works. Its projects span education, retail, mixed use development, health, office, leisure and law and order.


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