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15 NOV 2019

BCIS Analysis of the Month: Manchester Youth Centre

The BCIS Online featured project for December 2019, submitted by WCP Associates, is the soon-to-be-completed £5.34m youth centre in Manchester. The project will be partly funded by the council, who will also be providing the site for free and partly funded by a private benefactor, who will contribute the majority of the build cost.

The project was procured as a design and build using the JCT Design and Build Contract 2016.

The single and 2-storey youth centre, expected to attract up to 3,000 children and teenagers a year, will include:

On the ground floor (1,746m2):

  • a double height sports hall
  • a performing arts studio
  • a fitness suite
  • an open plan reception
  • a climbing wall
  • a kitchen and
  • an arts and crafts space.

 On the first floor (782m2):

  • offices
  • a board room
  • a staff kitchen
  • a music room
  • a recording studio
  • a radio booth
  • a boxing and martial arts gym
  • a beauty room
  • an enterprise room
  • a film room
  • a plant room.

The building cost at £1,672/m2 (4Q2018), compares with the average of £2,504/m2 for 8 youth centre projects on the same basis on the BCIS Online database.

Substructure, at £194/m2 includes:

  • concrete strip and isolated pad foundations, and concrete floor slab.

 Superstructure, at £796/m2 includes:

  • steel frame
  • concrete on Holorib decking system upper floors
  • flat steel, metal clad roof including rooflights and incorporating auto-opening smoke vents
  • combination of Terca Flashed Black brick in stretcher bond and curtain walling comprising 400mm wide module Rodeca opaque and translucent white polycarbonate panels; Kingspan Dri-Design rainscreen cladding and 1.1m x 0.6m PPC metal rainscreen cassette panels horizontally laid with random colours
  • Kawneer polyester powder coated aluminium fixed and opening double glazed windows, automatic sliding doors and fire escape doors
  • metal stud, block partitions and cubicles and
  • timber doors with and without vision panels, riser doors, glazed screens and servery hatch.

 Finishes, at £118/m2 include:

  • plaster, skim and emulsion, ceramic tile and wall finishes
  • screed, carpet tiles, vinyl sheet and sports hall floor finishes and
  • suspended ceilings.

 Fittings and furnishings, at £95/m2 include:

  • reception desk, lockers, benches, sports equipment, boxing ring, punch bags and signage.

 Services, at £469/m2 include:

  • sanitaryware
  • kitchen equipment
  • LPHW heating and comfort cooling
  • natural and mechanical ventilation including windcatchers
  • power and lighting including photovoltaics
  • lift
  • access control
  • AV
  • PA
  • data
  • disabled, fire and intruder alarms
  • CCTV and
  • building management system.

 External and facilitating works at a cost of £761,041 include:

  • site clearance, pavement crossing and footpaths, ramps to external fire doors, paving, landscaping, fencing, street furniture and equipment, bin store, cycle hoops, drainage and services.

 The £/m2 figures include preliminaries at 12.95%.

BCIS would like to thank WCP Consultancy for providing the data and all those who have submitted projects to be published online.

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