M-SParc - Wales' first science park - wins award for best project using digital technology
Our M-SParc project took the crown for best in class for use of digital technology at the eleventh Constructing Excellence National Awards, which bring together the nine regional winners to celebrate the very best of the best.
What the judges said:
Leaving a legacy in Anglesey
M-SParc wanted to transform the local community and leave an economic legacy in Anglesey for years to come, by delivering Wales’s first dedicated Science Park. This innovative facility will provide office, workshop, and laboratory space for up to 700 people, becoming an important regional centre by attracting start-ups and drawing inward investment from
large corporate companies.
The development of this project had a range of key challenges which Willmott Dixon worked to overcome by adopting, advancing and achieving excellence in digital construction.
Exceeding M-SParc’s pre-handover early occupancy target
To ensure sustainability, the customer required an occupancy rate of 15% before handover. To attract potential tenants to the facility and maximise M-SParc’s revenue, we provided a range of digital construction solutions to show ongoing development against the final design.
Potential tenants could see the project evolve using VR glasses on our site viewing deck, helping to secure 37% occupancy before handover.
Keeping Local Spend within North Wales by improving local suppliers’
In line with our focus on Creating Thriving Communities, and M-SParc’s goal of maximising local spend, we worked to procure North Wales-based suppliers, where possible. To ensure we could select a local supply chain with appropriate knowledge of digital construction, we provided collaborative workshops for suppliers, with project-specific BIM workshops for each package of works procured. Through enhancing suppliers’ digital skill sets, we were able to spend £9m with suppliers within the LL postal region.