University of Greenwich

International Pathway College at the University of Greenwich

The Project

Faithorn Farrell Timms were appointed as Project Managers by the University of Greenwich to manage the development and construction of a new International Pathway College within their Greenwich Campus. Aiming to ensure international students are prepared for progression to undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes at the University, the new College space accommodates 90 new students and is located within the Heritage Listed Devonport House.

Works involved extensive internal refurbishment of the existing ground floor of the building. From the outset, we worked closely with varied project stakeholders to establish their needs and create a welcoming and effective teaching space.

Our Role

Our role commenced in early 2018, joining the project at feasibility design stage. We assisted our client through in-house development of a number of schematic designs for space planning, which supported their initial business case for the College.

We advised on budget and feasibility of preferred design and developed this into a full tender package. Following our procurement of a Contractor through a single-stage tender, we oversaw project delivery on site through a combination of inspections, formal valuations, and regular communication.

The Challenges

Originally built in phases between 1983 and 1929, Devonport House is a Grade II Heritage Listed Building. Refurbishment of the space to facilitate the new College required a number of Listed Building applications for elements including removal of an internal brick wall, external ramps to facilitate step-free access, and for external signage.

We dealt closely with the Local Authority to ensure that the proposal remained sensitive to the prestigious location and Heritage listing.

Added Value

Particular care was taken in the specification of the project. We worked closely with a number of client-nominated suppliers over the course of the works, with the aim that arrangements (ranging from security alarms and key suiting to the BMS system) aligned across the University campus.

We managed the contractual arrangements for these nominated suppliers once the main contract works started.