How We Work

Our approach, honed over 25 years, has been developed to complement the pressures and requirements faced by local authorities, ensuring a smooth and thorough development process to complete your project.

RIBA-Aligned Approach
The UK Leisure Framework
Local Authority Focus

RIBA-Aligned Approach

Our approach to projects is aligned with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Plan of Work 2020, ensuring a clear, logical, and thorough progression for you; our client, us, and our supply chain.
What makes Alliance Leisure different is the breadth of our support – we work alongside our clients from RIBA 0, Strategic Definition, right through to RIBA 7, Use, and beyond.
Browse how we approach the RIBA stages, and the ways in which we support our clients through them.

This stage requires a relatively low proportion of fees (compared to total project value). It provides an interim step from project brief development and agreement before progressing to the next phase of the project, to provide more confidence in the capital investment required, and includes steps such as:
  • Essential build surveys
  • Production of outline structural and MEP strategies
  • Layout designs completed appropriate level for stage
  • High-level cost plan presented
  • Agree social value targets
  • Presentation of Strategic Project Programme
Looking ahead to the project's completion, our embedded support team, TA6, also work their magic at this stage to get a head-start on a successful launch and project legacy through:
  • Brand development
  • Pricing strategy
  • Systems review
  • Stakeholder consultations and community engagement
  • Development of microsites

At the completion of this work, the client will receive a full suite of Development Proposals including Principal Contractor, Equipment, FFE, Project Management and associated services, including:
  • Development Management Agreement
  • Principal Contractor proposals
  • Equipment and FFE proposals
  • Capital Investment Summary
  • Collateral Warranties
  • Project Programme
  • Risk Register
  • Fixed Contract Sum

Once we reach this stage, final preparations for project mobilisation will be put in place. The Development Management Agreement (DMA) will become the overarching document between Alliance Leisure and the client for delivery of the project, detailing the final project building and equipment costs and referencing the building contract. Typically work would be contracted using one of the Joint Contract Tribunal (JCT) or (SBCC) UKLF suite of documents.
  • Alliance Leisure will enter into a delivery contract and also the build contract
  • Alliance will be the Employer in the building contract, delivering this on behalf of the client team via a standard suite of UK Leisure Framework approved documents
  • Warranties are provided by the Building Contractor and all significant sub-contractors and consultants with the client being named as beneficiary
  • The timescale will be committed

During this stage Alliance Leisure will remain hands-on within the project to ensure its success. An Employer’s Agent (EA) will be employed for both the pre-construction and construction phases for technical management of the project. All these tasks will be overseen by Alliance Leisure and the client can have as much input into these processes as they require.
Other actions at this stage include:
  • Regular Project Team Meetings scheduled
  • Regular site visits by Alliance Leisure
  • Change Control and Instruction Process established
  • Regular quality and financial reporting
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Snagging lists prepared
  • Final account agreed with main contractor
This is another key stage for TA6 as well, as preparations are made for the opening:
  • Site signage created
  • Video and photography captured
  • KPI monitoring implemented
  • Social media management arranged
  • PR arranged
  • Assistance with staff recruitment

Alliance Leisure are fully aware of the often-underestimated importance of coordinating plans for the end of construction to facilitate a successful handover. As your Development Partner, we lead and support the planning of these final activities at the earliest opportunity and offer bespoke assistance and solutions to ensure the most successful opening period possible.
The steps involved here include:
  • Launch plan finalised at earliest opportunity
  • Equipment installed
  • Practical completion
  • Soft completion
  • Analyse adherence to social value objectives
TA6 will also be working closely with you at this point on the following activities to boost your project's launch:
  • Embedded impact sales team
  • Digital advertising
  • Out-of-home advertising
  • Staff training

We remain a lifetime pillar of support following the completion of your project, and many of our clients retain the services of TA6 to strengthen their marketing activities and ensure the enduring success of their investment.
To ensure our projects succeed in fulfilling their original brief and objectives we remain in touch with clients to gather performance data and end-user feedback.

A Secure and Efficient Procurement Process: The UK Leisure Framework
After an OJEU-compliant competitive tendering process, Alliance Leisure were appointed as lead development partner of the UK Leisure Framework, which allows for the direct appointment of ALS as a development partner for the scoping, design, refurbishment, construction and the development of sport, leisure, and other cultural facilities across the UK public sector.
Further, appointing Alliance Leisure via the UK Leisure Framework enables us to activate our extensive, trusted supply chain, allowing the project to progress without the hassle of tendering and procuring a host of separate suppliers.

Local Authority Focus

Thanks to over 25 years of working with local authorities to improve their leisure facilities, we are acutely aware of some of the unique challenges and requirements faced by officers and councillors alike.

Browse our pages below to find out more about us from the point of view of your position within your local authority.

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