Watson Batty Architects have been appointed by Kier to provide Architectural Services and take the role of Principal Designer for the works required on a number of DVSA Test Centres throughout the UK. DVSA employed Kier through the Scape Framework to complete their Test Centre improvement and relocation projects nationally. This has also extended to their enforcement and inspection buildings.
The DVSA are responsible for carrying out driving tests and approve people to be driving instructors and MOT testers. They perform tests to make sure lorries and buses are safe to drive, execute roadside checks on drivers and vehicles, and monitor vehicle recalls. DVSA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Transport.
One of the main challenges that was apparent on the projects was ensuring the delivery of quality on relatively low value projects with different sub-contractors involved due to various locations across the UK. This was achieved through close contact with site and project managers through digital means of communication, with efficient responses to any site queries to ensure progress on site was not delayed.
DVSA as a national entity have facilities located all over UK so our role has taken us from Ashford, Kent to Bangor, Wales and up to Liverpool to date.
We have provided Architectural design services on 21no projects to date ranging from RIBA stage 1 to stage 6 packages of information. Out of these 6no projects are now complete with 1no currently on site.
Completed projects to date:
DVSA Cambridge Test Centre, July 2018 – September 2018, Value: £300k
DVSA Chichester Test Centre, November 2018 – January 2019, Value: £200k
DVSA Lower Gornal Test Centre, February 2019 – April 2019, Value: £200k
DVSA Newcastle Test Centre, June 2019 – July 2019, Value: £100k
DVSA Ashford New HRTI Inspection building, February 2019 – September 2019, Value: £1.7m
DVSA Bromley Test Centre, September 2019 – November 2019, Value: £300k
DVSA Macclesfield Test Centre, November 2019 – due to complete January 2020, Value: £300k