Located in Brighton, overlooking the Royal Pavilion, this mixed-use development includes commercial, residential, and retail spaces and comprises a significant basement serving all blocks. The project includes the fit-out of the 100,000sqft of office space, 168 apartments and 5,000sqft of retail space across five blocks. MZA’s appointment is for the RIBA Stage 4a design for the residential and centralised plant elements of the scheme and includes services to McLaren, the main contractor, and developing the design through RIBA Stage 4 generic feasible design for the mechanical and electrical specialist. MZA adopted a design developed to RIBA Stage 3 and identified risks and opportunities in the existing scheme. Throughout the pre-contract stage, MZA developed the building services to mitigate the identified risks and develop the opportunities. MZA’s input at this stage directly contributed to a value engineered outcome in excess of £500k, along with a value add of an additional, optional apartment to the scheme. Post-contract, MZA developed the de-risked design through to RIBA Stage 4a.
The project is using BIM to integrate the design coordination within highly complex building site constraints. There are specific challenges relating to the spatial constraints of the building at basement level where vehicle access provision, structural requirements and the engineering services are such that significant design coordination has been completed across the team.