Sovereign Centre, Eastbourne

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We resolved this delayed £8m leisure and residential development construction contract with the negotiation of a new contractor, completing within cost and schedule.

The development of the Sovereign Centre was a partnership between Eastbourne Borough Council and Clifford Barnet Developments, by which the Council acquired new leisure facilities through the development and sale of sea front residential apartments built alongside. Construction was through a management form of contract in which the developer engaged the professional team and the main contractor – providing advice on constructability and management of sub-contracts.

An initial contract had been awarded to a local contractor to undertake the sub-structure works on the £8m leisure centre and apartment block, but got into difficulty causing delays to the project. We were introduced to resolve the situation.

Although we sought to provide them with support to resolve their organisation issues, they were unable to recover from the situation and therefore we initiated their replacement. Having consulted the developer and professional team we negotiated a new contract agreement to take over the sub-structure works and subsequently the award of the super-structure works with a new supplier; facilitating then the transfer of responsibility to the new sub-contractor.

A new shorter programme for the consolidated remainder of the sub-structure and super-structure works was agreed to enable the project to recover the earlier delays, and complete on schedule and remain within the overall cost plan.



Posted on

1st January 1989