Innov8 wins Philharmonic contract

Innov8 Safety Solutions has been appointed to the project team for the refurbishment of the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall after a competitive tender.

Liverpool Philharmonic secured £634,000 from Arts Council England this year to plan a refurbishment project of up to £10m, for which larger bids to ACE and other sources will be made later. The philharmonic hopes to finish the project by 2015.

In June, architects Caruso St John were picked to lead the design team in the first steps towards a major refurbishment of the 1939 grade II-listed concert hall.

Alan Robson, managing director of the Birkenhead-based firm, said: "Construction design management is a statutory obligation and any project on this scale will have demanding CDM requirements. This is especially the case on this refurbishment where there are a number of contractors and stakeholders involved. We will be helping with the up-front planning on the pre-construction phase right through to completion. Critical to this will be managing the flow of health and safety information between the Philharmonic as the client and the designers and contractors."

Caruso St John will lead a design team of Max Fordham, mechanical and electrical engineers, Price & Myers, structural engineer, Threshold Acoustics and David Bonnett Associates, access consultant to develop the initial design phase. Liverpool Philharmonic also appointed Drivers Jonas Deloitte as project managers and Simon Fenton Partnership as quantity surveyors and instructed law firm Hill Dickinson to handle the legal affairs associated with the refurbishment project.

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