Leeds City College

Client: Wates Group

Value: £7.2m
Location: Leeds Centre
Contract Period: 45 weeeks
Contract Type: NEC Option A


Howard Civil Engineering was pleased to support Wates Group in the delivery of the groundworks and reinforced concrete frame packages on this prestigious site.
The footprint, existing topography and city-centre location made this a challenging build which was offset by the advance logistical planning undertaken by Howard Civil Engineering prior to being awarded the scheme.
The works commenced in July 2017 with the groundworks package. The substructure consists of a 3500m² basement with foundations, drainage, retaining walls, earthworks and vertical columns and cores. The superstructure involved the construction of six blocks up to eight storeys high.
Due to its prominent city centre location, topography and size, site constraints were challenging but overcome by a detailed delivery plan and sequence, the use of offsite construction methods and utilising our local plant yard to co-ordinate deliveries and make up falsework/formwork.
Howard Civil Engineering's resource level peaked at over 100 employees with a delivery team of 11 non-working people.

Scope of works

  • Substructures element including mass fill, reinforced bases and ground beams
  • Drainage including a bespoke cellular attenuation tank designed to utilise the void behind the retaining wall thus reducing additional dig and backfill
  • External services
  • Waterproof fibre reinforced ground floor construction with separate tanking membrane
  • Waterproof reinforced concrete retaining wall integral to the building to manage variation in levels onsite
  • Post tensioning floor construction from level 2/3
  • Superstructure reinforced concrete frame varying in heights from 6 to 8 storeys

Value engineering

To ensure we could support the ambitious delivery programme, we utilised Early Contractor Engagement with Wates which included planning, programming and attending design team meeting in advance of commencing work on-site. This enabled us to implement maximum value engineering, sector-specific knowledge, lean programming and follow-on trade collaboration. Howard Civil Engineering was subsequently awarded Wates' Preconstruction Support Highly Commended Award for our work on this project.

Praise from our stakeholders

"I just wanted to drop a note to say thank you for your help, support and determination to deliver a fantastic project for us at Leeds City College project... your exceptional efforts have not gone unnoticed by the site team and me."

- David Wingfield, Business Unit Director at Wates

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