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Perry Barr Residential Scheme (formerly known as the 2022 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village)

A collaborative scheme to regenerate Perry Barr and provide over 1,400 sustainable new houses and apartments as part of a new high-quality development on the site of the old Birmingham City University north campus.

Drees & Sommer were appointed by the Lendlease commercial team to support them in the contracting of 3nr ‘Tier One’ Main Contractors who would build out the residential scheme across nine individual plots.

Drees & Sommer worked in partnership with Lendlease in assessing, challenging and evaluating the submitted tenders and construction costs from the 3nr Contractors. This involved cost management, risk & value management and due diligence on the full development.

Drees & Sommer were brought into the project by Lendlease at tender stage to ensure that value for money was being achieved by the 3nr chosen Contractors who between them, would deliver the scheme but operate under Lendlease as the overall Management Contractor.

Our role involved taking all the tender returns, across all building plots, and ensuring that Lendlease (and ultimately Birmingham City Council) were achieving the right value and right cost to deliver such a complex scheme.

The Drees & Sommer tasks included full measurement checks of all quantities across all building packages; assessment of submitted preliminaries costs to ensure no double-accounting between the main Management Contractor works and the 3nr Main Contractor works; assessment of submitted project on-costs; comparing all submitted tenders to ensure no great variances were found across similar building and MEP packages; due diligence that the costs were accounting for all of the required design; and the delivery of an overall value for money and recommendation report to Lendlease to allow them to accept, challenge or reject any tender package returns.

Drees & Sommer's role allowed Lendlease, as the Management Contractor, agree a contract sum between them and Birmingham City Council (and in-turn the 3nr chosen Main Contractors) that was considered value for money and reflective of the construction market at that time.

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