Creating support and opportunities for adults with learning disabilities in Bolton
Transforming adult care in Bolton
Partner: Bolton Cares Ltd and Bolton Council
The Jubilee Centre is a new state-of-the-art day centre that will transform adult care services in Bolton.
Clear Futures is working in partnership with Bolton Cares Ltd and Bolton Council to deliver the project. It will replace outdated facilities, providing vital support and improving opportunities for adults with learning disabilities across the town.
Our Tier 1 contractor, Robertson is delivering the new facility and has been working with local stakeholders to maximise opportunities for the local community during the project’s delivery.
social value delivered to Sept 2022
local people employed (FTE) on site
spent with local supply chain
The flagship centre has been designed with the help of service users and their families, and will include:
The Jubilee Centre project, being delivered through Clear Futures, sees our on-going positive relationship with Bolton Council continue, not only to deliver exceptional facilities for the local community but also through enhanced social value. Our work with the local supply chain is ensuring economic benefits from the project are kept local to bring further enhancement to the immediate and surrounding areas.
Beth Santangeli, Senior Business Development Manager, Robertson Construction
Grow-on space for NETPark’s science and tech entrepreneurs.
Advisory services, Commercial, Construction
North East Technology Park Phase 3 Development
Partner: Durham County Council
NETPark is one of the UK’s top science, engineering and technology parks, supporting innovative and potentially high-growth STEM businesses on their journey from concept to commercialisation.
Current facilities are world-class and include two catapult centres and three national innovation centres. The Phase 3 development provides 433,800 sq ft of new space which is geared at existing and prospective tenants on the cusp of scaling up their operations.
Durham County Council appointed Clear Futures as a strategic delivery partner to provide the expertise and additional resource needed to drive the project forward. Acting as project manager for the scheme, we have turned the initial project strategy into a solid and successful business case for Business Durham and Durham County Council and will continue to support them through delivery.
Building occupant needs into the masterplan
Early in the project, we explored ways to build on the success of existing facilities on the science park, looking at everything from wellbeing and connectivity to delivery and distribution facilities. We engaged with tenants to hear first-hand their views on NETPark as a location for their business, their growth plans and need for space, and how that space should be configured. Creating a sustainable design within a healthy, sustainable environment was a clear priority.
The masterplan, designed by Ryder Architects, creates a holistic campus environment defined by high-quality, distinctive and flexible buildings set in a pedestrian-friendly parkland environment. Unit sizes vary and sit alongside a hub building, ancillary facilities, landscaping, sustainable drainage systems and parking.
During design development, we worked with the council’s carbon and sustainability team to ensure the design proposals factor in net zero and BREEAM building standard ambitions and policy, with the expertise of T&T Carbon team.
By creating the right environment for growth businesses at NETPark, the Phase 3 development will deliver highly-skilled employment opportunities and attract inward investment to the area.
Building capacity at Ladybridge High School through sustainable development
Ladybridge High School extension
Partner: Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
Project value: £4.5m
The £4.5m expansion of the Ladybridge High School gives the school capacity to take on an additional 150 pupils and is one of the borough’s secondary schools redeveloping buildings to meet the rising demand for school places.
Instead of constructing a new building, the extension was delivered by reusing an existing and under-utilised building on site. The works have improved the fabric of the building, structural issues and upgraded electrics – bringing economies of scale and savings to the Council, and creating a vibrant environment for teaching and learning.
Driving economic, social and environmental benefits
During the project the Clear Futures team worked with Ladybridge High School and community organisations to maximise the reach and impact of social value activities, with outcomes including:
in social value
waste diverted from landfill
“The site demonstrates continuous improvement, particularly in relation to collaborative working with the school, supporting the community and H&S which were exceptional. Respecting the community is judged as exceptional. The site is projecting the scheme’s core objectives, promoting local opportunities and the offer of support to individuals and community groups.
– Considerate Constructors Report, January2020
20 local people employed.
3 weeks of work placements for local young people.
40 hours of career activities for high school students.
960 car miles saved through sustainable transport.
112 hours of mental health training for employees and workforce.
Donated excess site materials to the school farm and helped pupils build animal shelters and animal exercise equipment.
Helped students make Christmas trees out of old pallets that were sold, with all profits donated to Bolton Hospice.
A flagship restaurant for a prime seafront location
Advisory services, Construction
The Wish Tower Restaurant, Eastbourne
Partner: Eastbourne & Lewes Councils
Project value: £2.25m
The Wish Tower Restaurant replaces a former café and adjoining sun lounge on the seafront near Eastbourne Pier. Built in the early 1960s, the café had been a popular visitor attraction. However, through poor upkeep and its coastal environment, the structure fell into disrepair and was no longer fit for purpose.
The site needed a more sustainable building, and one which allowed the adjacent 19th century Wish Tower monument to remain the dominant structure.
In December 2017, and following insufficient progress from the council’s previous partner, Clear Futures was asked to take on the project development and delivery of a new seafront restaurant with an affordability cap of £2.25m. We conducted a due diligence review of the scope definition, design work, sufficiency of the cost analysis and identification of project risks and viable solutions. This allowed us to confirm the project parameters, and give the council confidence of a design and construction programme aligned to their timeframe and budget.
Following a rigorous supply chain selection process, we appointed a local Tier 1 supply chain construction partner who guaranteed to maximise use of local SME subcontractors and suppliers to deliver the project.
Completed in 2019, the new waterfront eatery is operated by Bistro Pierre. Designed with respect for the local heritage, the dramatic roof form makes a bold statement, while extensive use of glass provides transparency and spectacular seafront views. Complete with external decking areas, the development marks a fantastic improvement to the highly visible public realm and a reason in itself to visit Eastbourne.
The new build Wish Tower Restaurant is a great example of Eastbourne Borough Council using its land to create a visitor destination, and initiate employment opportunities and local economic activity in a sustainable way.