Bentley’s Meadow, Seal, Kent


To bring together an innovative procurement approach to enable significant cost and pre-contract time saving.

On this fully partnered scheme, we introduced supply chain and obtained significant pre-contract time savings. We acted as project and partnering advisor and used ‘open book’ methods for areas of design and construction risk.

The practice was approached by West Kent Housing Association to undertake the regeneration of an estate of ‘unfit’ pre-cast concrete houses. The profile of the project matched exactly a similar project we had recently undertaken with another client in partnership with a local authority. The latter had involved similar objectives and as a result we recommended the entire team including the ‘tenant friend’ consultancy to West Kent.

The entire team was reused by West Kent who benefited from:

  • Lower consultancy fees

  • A reduced pre-contract stage (5 months were saved)

  • Value engineering to the house types used on the previous scheme

  • A reduction in unit cost of 1.5% (5% in real terms)

  • Realistic benchmark KPI targets

  • Improved sustainability at no additional cost

  • A ‘resident friend’ consultancy service

The ‘resident friend ‘service saved the client a significant drain on existing housing management resources ensuring resident desires and requirements were clearer and readily incorporated into the project.

Quick Facts

Client - West Kent Housing Association

Value - £5.6 million

Description - Regeneration to provide 58 flats and houses

Roles and Responsibilities - Employer’s agent, project manager, Principal Designer and party wall matters


Peter Airey
Managing Director

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