Hanham & Philp were selected through a pre-ECI tender process to work along with the consultant team in developing a methodology and final budget for this 1,500m2 three-storey CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) constructed teaching and admin block.

Throughout the ECI phase of this project we were able to address budgetary and logistical issues that had threatened the progression of this unique and exciting project. For example, we were heavily involved in a value engineering exercise.

This exercise entailed recommendations from both parties (head contractor and design team) of ways to reduce costs whilst still maintaining the core design elements of the building. This combined effort yielded significant cost savings which allowed the project to continue through to the construction phase. It must be noted that this would not have been possible without the decision to involve the contractor early.

Another key benefit of early contractor involvement in this project was the early procurement of the CLT structural members. This process allowed sufficient time to analyse tenders, assess supplier viability, ensure compliance with NZ legislation and coordinate delivery with a view to achieving programme targets. A great demonstration of benefits gained by involving the contractor early.


1,500m2 three-storey classroom and administration block for the Catholic Cathedral College.

  • Client

    Catholic Diocese of Christchurch

  • Duration

    10 months (2019/2020)

  • Location

    62 Ferry Rd, City Centre, Christchurch

  • Architect

    WSP Opus