Aquatics Centre Refurbishment

Refurbishment of high-profile Aquatics Centre which hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games, provided training facilities for the 2012 Olympics Team GB, and remains the current venue for the Paralympic World Cup. It has capacity for 1,000 spectators, and contains a main Olympic rated pool, a diving pool, and a training pool


Kier Construction Northern


Manchester, UK

Completion Date/Stage

RIBA Stage 2

Project Value


The Challenge

23 Consult have worked with Kier on other high-profile complex projects, and we have successfully provided lifecycle services on such schemes. This delivery and operational complexities of this project allow for delivery in two key phases whilst the building remains in operation throughout the refurbishment period. The lifecycle cost plan therefore:

• Recognises phased construction and ensure that replacement cycles and hard facilities management operations are coordinated

• Derives maximum value from the refurbishment works

• Allows for the unique operational costs associated with a bespoke facility 


Production of Whole Life Cost plan and report as part of the RIBA Stage 2 design assessment, including modelling of current design and identification of where future cost savings can be made, whilst setting out profiles to coordinate with the timings of phased delivery of refurbishment works.


Services Provided

Whole Life Costing/Lifecycle Costing

Project Steps


Working with the Client and other consultants to establish the best datasets for developing a Whole Life Model


Production of bespoke lifecycle model for the scheme using design and capital cost information


Working with building users and operators to understand the current operational costs for the building


Production of initial Whole Life report for the scheme, including identification of major future-cost elements, and issue for review and comment


Working with the Client and other consultants to establish the best datasets for developing a Whole Life Model

Partners/Contracts on the project

The Aquatics Centre is jointly owned by Manchester City Council, University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. It is operated on their behalf by MCRactive.

Lifecycle Costing Testimonial
“23 Consult Ltd came highly recommended from a colleague… and I approached them to assist us in a Framework Bid. They provided two Lifecycle Cost Reports for two school proposals of different sizes and they helped us write our framework proposals for Lifecycle Cost analysis and use on future framework projects should the Council require it.

Everything was done on time and 23 Consult were very responsive to our needs and the tight programme associated with bidding. We fully intend to use 23 Consult on any framework projects requiring Lifecycle Cost input. In addition, I have since recommended them to other colleagues”

Pre-construction Manager

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