WDL has been working with the University’s Property Team since 2009. We have played a key role in the delivery of the 10-year Estates Strategy, providing Master Planning, Interior and Architectural Design, Project Management, Programme Management, Utilisation and Measured Survey and Churn Management Services. The projects have included both the consolidation of the existing estate and expansion into new property interests, including delivery of both extensive refurbishment and new build schemes, the largest of which saw a £50m investment in the main Ealing campus.
The broad range of services provided to the University has seen us lead stakeholder engagement from Executive level right through to coordination of construction detailing and moves delivery on the ground. The variety of specialist spaces throughout the University has meant that we have successfully managed projects to create science labs, business enterprise hubs, kitchen facilities, dance and recording studios, libraries, simulation suites, social and collaboration hubs, as well as the support facilities that go with them. We have also developed a space standard and corporate specification to lend consistency to the detailed design throughout the project, moving all staff into open plan accommodation and leading the consultation on the new ways of working.
As a result of this much valued appointment, we have been able to develop a team highly skilled in problem solving and able to adapt to the ever-changing needs of the client. Working within 24/7 operation of facilities has also ensured our eye for coordination and detail is exemplary, and our desire to understand the needs of the client is paramount to our success in such complex and involved projects.