Project Name:  EcoPark
Location: Birmingham 
Client: Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust 
Net Value: £400,000.00


The client required the construction of a new single-storey education hub building situated in the heart of the Wildlife Trust’s EcoPark site. The education hub is a 160m² traditionally constructed building, with a feature Siberian Larch cladded frontage. The building is predominately used as an operational base for the wonderful staff and volunteers who work at EcoPark. The internals are made up of a staff office, accessible toilets, a staff room and a classroom-style space for visitors and larger external groups to use.

Tandem took the project on at the inception stage, through the appointment of the design team, design, procurement and construction to operation. We managed all aspects of the project, including the client, design team, contractor and internal stakeholders including BBCWT Trustees.


Project Challenge

Our Response

Winter construction due to funding deadlines and a prolonged planning approval process

A rigid construction programme was produced, allowing for regular reviews, detailing the specific phasing of certain works in order to ensure as much time was utilised, especially during disruptive conditions.

Strictly limited budget due to external funding and a charity-based organisation

A comprehensive preconstruction design was produced and agreed in order to allow greater cost certainty during construction. Rigid change control processes were established from an early stage in order to prevent unnecessary additional variations during construction.


Tandem’s project management style and approach is both rigorous and realistic ensuring that the project has stayed on track. Both their commitment to us as their client and their passion for the project has been clear from the very start.

Delia Garratt

Chief Executive Officer