When Jesus College, Oxford seized a ‘once in a generation opportunity’ to create residential conference facilities, it chose The Clarkson Alliance to drive the £6 million redevelopment project because of our outcome-oriented approach.
Our first task was to work with the college’s governing body to ensure that the Ship Street project would help it win its share of the vital corporate conference market. We began by asking some fundamental questions. For example, in addition to a 100-seat lecture theatre and two conference rooms, the three-storey Victorian building was to have 31 bedrooms. They would be used in term time by first-years. But would student accommodation be good enough for conference speakers and delegates during vacations?
The answers to this and similar questions determined the scope, pace and detail of the project. And by identifying strategies to mitigate risk and setting out the roles and responsibilities of the design team at the outset, TCA ensured delivery by Spring 2010 – in time to maximise the benefits of this investment by the college.
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