Consultancy hired for £570m projects

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A Sheffield construction consultancy has won a contract to help manage £570m of building programmes at Sheffield Council - and has its eyes on the £400m New Retail Quarter too.

Turner & Townsend will share its expertise and supply chain contacts to help the authority become more efficient, train staff and complete projects on time and on budget over the next three years.

The ‘capital delivery partnership’ will cover schools, roads, housing and other projects including flood defences.

The company also hopes to be involved in the new retail quarter scheme - the biggest single project in Sheffield for years.

Director Nick Jones said: “It’s something we did pursue very hard and we’re delighted we won it. The council is the biggest organisation in Sheffield and has the biggest capital spend year on year in the city. It’s a flagship partnership for us, it’s not one project for one client. It gives us the ability to do what we do across a whole programme of works for an extended period. There’s a lot that can be done in three years.

“We are not putting any money into it. We won’t own anything when we walk away at the end of the partnership. It’s a collaboration to make things happen efficiently.”

Turner and Townsend is planning to hire four new staff following the contract win he added. The Sheffield office, in St James House on Vicar Lane, employs 40.

The firm has worked extensively with the public sector on projects including new buildings on Collegiate Crescent and Charles Street for Sheffield Hallam University, several AMRC buildings, the Pam Liversidge Building and The Diamond (under construction) for Sheffield University and projects for colleges in Sheffield, Barnsley and Chesterfield.