Barnet Strategic Construction Partnership

Serving Barnet's 'growing' and 'diverse community'

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Project Overview

Client London Borough of Barnet
Project Value £150m
Expertise Building
Sector Local Authority
Timeline October 2016 - 5 years (+2)
Location England - South and Midlands
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Project summary

In October 2016, the London Borough of Barnet appointed us as its single supplier “Partner” on a five-year basis (with a possible two-year extension) for an ambitious £150m portfolio of major capital works. Known as the Barnet Strategic Construction Partnership, our scope of services includes the enhancement of education, community, leisure and operational assets across the borough (the most populated in London) and the delivery of both improvements and new build works.

The partnership’s aim is the construction of a “broader and more varied range of facilities” that will include new schools, leisure centres, council buildings and infrastructure, and community centres to meet the needs of a “growing and increasingly diverse community”. Completed schemes include Greenspaces Depot (£1m) and Tarling Road CC (£6m), Copthall Leisure Centre (£23m), New Barnet Leisure Centre (£16m), Blessed Dominic St. James PS (£25m), and Brent Cross Sidings (£8m).

The detail

Focusing on quality, value, and cost certainty, we ensure that the London Borough of Barnet’s Capital Projects pipeline is delivered on time and within budget. In our role as single supplier “Partner”, we work closely with the council in the simultaneous completion of multiple projects.

The Tarling Road Community Centre (£6m) was the first scheme handed over as part of this “strategic construction partnership”. Officially opened in October 2018, it involved the demolition of the Old Barn Community Centre and the construction of a new purpose built community facility. Based in East Finchley, it now includes a learning area, large meeting hall, café with seating, accessible lift, and 980 metres of functional space.

In November 2017, we started work on the new Copthall Leisure Centre (£23m). On programme for completion in August 2019, the state-of-the-art sports centre will house a six-lane community pool, an eight-lane competition pool, sports hall, fitness suite and three health improvement rooms.

Also due to open in summer 2019 (July - on programme), we are finalising the construction of the two-storey, 3254m2 New Barnet Leisure Centre (£14m) at the Victoria Recreation Ground. In addition, we are facilitating the relocation of Blessed Dominic St. James PS (BDSJ) into a new multi-storey steel frame independent teaching wing, and remodelling and refurbishing adjacent, existing areas. This £25m project began in February 2018 with handover anticipated for August 2019.

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"Barnet has a good track record of building major projects on time and on budget and this new partnership with GRAHAM provides us further opportunity to deliver these important new buildings which will serve our residents for many years to come." Councillor Richard Cornelius Leader of Barnet Council "The success of the London Borough of Barnet Framework has been in no small part down to the teamwork and the strong and open lines of communication between GRAHAM and ourselves at leadership level."

Matthew Waters Head of Corporate Programmes - Customer and Support Group (CSG)