Fareham Innovation Centre – Phase 2 Extension, HMS Daedalus

Fareham, Hampshire

Project Details

Fareham County Council

Morgan Sindall

Morgan Sindall Project Manager
Mike Day

TKLS – Nick Sherwood

£7 million

Pre-construction Period
13 weeks

Construction Period
39 weeks

Procurement Type
2 Stage Tender

Form of Contract
JCT D&B 2011

3440 square meters

Apprentices / Trainees

Daedalus Enterprise Zone was designated as one of 11 initial enterprise zones around the country by the central Government. The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) owned most of the land and ran a programme for the regeneration of Daedalus along with the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH). Fareham Borough Council took ownership from the HCA that rest within the district of FBC.

In 2014/15 Fareham Borough Council constructed an Innovation Centre for new businesses, with Oxford Innovation assistance to provide business support services, enabling nurture and development. Due to the success of that building, a business case supported the construction of a Phase 2 extension.

The new extension consists of the construction of a two and three storey steel frame with composite panels and glazing to match the existing building with associated external hard and soft landscaping, providing a range of office and workshop spaces for local businesses as well as additional space within the Enterprise Zone.

Key Challenges

  • Works must be complete by the end of March 18 to facilitate discounted business rates
  • Ensuring the running of the current centre is not affected and ‘business as usual’ is maintained throughout the works
  • To match the existing centre and not to be seen as ‘an extension’ with all spaces to be designed to be ‘agile’ i.e. flexible and adaptable

How these were delivered

  • Developed a Pre-Construction and Construction programme with a completion of 19th March 18; Actual completion achieved 2 weeks earlier on the 26th February 18.
  • Chaired collaborative planning, programming and risk sessions throughout the Pre-con and Construction periods with Client, End Users and Morgan Sindall team in attendance
  • Developed an open and regular communication process with Phase 1 business users ensuring we achieved the ‘business as usual’ deliverable

“Fareham County Council enjoyed an excellent relationship with Morgan Sindall on this project, which was completed on budget and ahead of what was an already challenging programme. Thanks to Mike and his team for the tremendous effort put into the project and with minimal disruption to Phase 1.”

Colin Mitchell
Fareham Borough Council

Lessons Learnt:

The Good:

  • Full team collaboration from appointment to completion
  • Fortnightly meetings with stakeholders during Pre-construction
  • Using lessons learnt from previous Phase 1 project design team
  • Working on a live centre with minimal disruption ensuring
    ‘business as usual’
  • Drop in sessions arranged for existing Phase 1 users
  • Employment Skills Plan established and targets exceeded
  • Subcontractor engagement and collaborative meetings.

SCF Added Benefits & How:

  • At Gateway 3, total added value of £675,000 (9.8%)
  • At Gateway 4, this added value increased to £736,000 (10.5%)
  • Understanding the clients key drivers – finishing before end of March 18 was critical
  • Early order commitment before final design / price settlement
  • Change in construction for lift shaft & steel sequence optimized
  • Early surveys to limit ground risk (UXO, contamination and archaeological)
  • SME spend of 97% value and 90% within 30 miles of the site
  • Co-train site manager
Gateway 1 First Joint Cost PlanGateway 3 Contract FormationGateway 4 Project Completion
Pre-Con Programme13 weeks13 weeks13 weeks
Construction Programme39 weeks41 weeks39 weeks
Client Team PerformanceContractor PerformanceEnd User Satisfaction
Gateway 389%87%
Gateway 492%89%85%


Morgan Sindall

Ray Mcauley Framework Director

Mike Day Project Manager

Oxford Innovation Centre
Stephen Brownlie Regional Manager (Solent)