Whitbread Expansion

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Whitbread Expansion
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Whitbread is the owner of one of the UK’s biggest hotel chain, Premier Inn, as well as restaurant brands Beefeater, Brewers, Fayre, Table Table and Bar + Block. The company has over 35,000 employees who look after millions of customers in both the UK and abroad.

Asite and Premier Inn (previously known as Travel Inn) began working together before it became the hotel giant it is today, which now serves over 800 hotels and more than 76,000 rooms across the UK. Asite was introduced as part of a drive to improve the efficiency of Travel Inn's £70m construction spend per annum.

 

Whitbread Expansion - Outcome 1

£8 million

project value

Whitbread Expansion - Outcome 2

3

hotels built as part of expansion

Whitbread Expansion - Outcome 3

65

team members fully integrated

As part of Whitbread’s early hotel extension and refurbishment program, Asite’s Common Data Environment solution was introduced to replicate complex internal paper-based processes and workflows in the online environment. This allowed the, at the time, 65+ project team to view, share and collaborate on project information with ease.

Working with Whitbread, Asite’s cloud-based platform was used on the £8 million Excel Exhibition Center Hotel extension in Docklands, London – as well as two other large projects in Liverpool and Sheffield.

Whilst the firms involved in the project had all partnered with Whitbread before and were already accustomed working together, none of them had previously collaborated in the ‘online environment’. This highlighted the importance of ensuring all project partners knew how to best use the system to optimize their own project results and ultimately, build better.

 

Director of Property at Travel Inn, Richard Harris, said:

“The contractor was always using the most up-to-date drawings because the latest drawing is on the system, rather than in the post or someone’s hand who is waiting for the next site visit to update everyone.

This saved the team huge amounts of time and reduced risk significantly, ensuring no one was using outdated information.”

 

 

The Excel Exhibition Center Hotel extension was a 54-week project and was completed in 2003.

Asite’s solution helped streamline project processes, providing one central location for all project information that could be easily accessed. This single source of real-time information ensured all project users were directed to the latest version of the information and were able to track actions against previous versions.

The robust audit trail gave visibility of all actions associated with the project with the platform also enabling increased accuracy and time savings.

 

Over 54,000 companies use Asite to help them build better.

(London, United Kingdom) - ABP (Advanced Business Park) is a Chinese developer with extensive experience in turning regeneration sites into thriving business ports. The company has established a reputation for developing large-scale enterprise districts and, in 2013, expanded its operations to the UK. ABP was chosen by the Greater London Authority for the Royal Albert Dock project in East London.

ABP Royal Albert Dock is a mixed-use £1.7 billion scheme, aiming to deliver 4.7 million sq ft of development on a 35-acre site and transform the area into London’s third business and financial district. The project is one of the largest development schemes planned for the UK capital and will see the creation of a diverse trading hub.



Considered one of the capital’s most successful regeneration projects in recent years, the scheme aims to create a vibrant hub with supporting residential, retail and leisure facilities across 88 new buildings and three restored historic buildings, all serviced by important transport links, including Crossrail.

The largest development scheme of its kind, Royal Albert Dock will be delivered in six phases. Phase one was completed in 2019 and has seen 460,000 sq ft of office space created across 21 buildings. The community includes workspaces with flexible rental periods, ranging from 1,300 to 460,000 sq ft. The second phase is set to go through the planning process in early 2020; the intention is to include more office spaces, flats, and membership clubs.

Stanhope was chosen as the development manager on the project, and Asite assisted ABP in the selection process with the Greater London Authority, who owns the site. Asite provided a collaborative BIM solution along with a Bid, AppBuilder, and Workflow Management solutions.

The implementation allowed for better, more streamlined collaboration throughout the delivery of the initial phase of the project. Additionally, archive functionality allowed stakeholders to view all documentation stored during the life of the project, as well as access to their complete audit history.

With Asite’s support, business intelligence was delivered to teams on the ground in real-time, enabling decision-makers to harness instant information that influences the progress of the project positively.

 

Royal Albert Dock offers an affordable range of spaces along with flexible terms to accommodate growth. The scheme, with its 26-year lifespan, is well on its way to becoming a European hub for Asian investors who have recently committed themselves to the district despite the uncertainties of Brexit. With growing transport links and a community-led atmosphere, the area has the potential to become a beacon in East London and, more importantly, boost local employment by 30%.

 

 

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