14th April 2022
Optivo commissions Rund’s Employer’s Agent services at £41.4m St Leonards project

Rund has been appointed as Employer’s Agent by Optivo at a significant residential development in Hastings.

St Leonards is a £41.4m affordable housing scheme which forms part of a contracted deal with Thakeham. The project involves the development of 208 new build houses, comprising 104 affordable rent and 104 shared ownership homes.

The greenfield site has a rich heritage which will be preserved during development works. A key point of interest is a Grade II listed statue of Queen Anne, which is due to be refurbished by a specialist contractor as part of the main contract works.

Paul Belfield, Director at Rund commented: “As a major residential project in East Sussex, St Leonards calls for an experienced construction and surveying consultant to ensure all development works are procured and carried out to the highest quality standards, and in line with budget and programme requirements. We are looking forward to contributing our expertise and collaborating with Optivo as they work towards ambitious targets to build 1,500 high-quality homes each year.”

As Employer’s Agent, we have undertaken extensive preparation work in the project’s early stages, including specification reviews, risk management and contract management. We have facilitated negotiations between Thakeham and Optivo as part of a Section 73 application, ensuring all parties are in full agreement of all works due to take place. Our role as Employer’s Agent has also involved a thorough review of Employer’s Requirements and contract sum analysis exclusions.

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