British Commercial Vehicle Museum, Leyland

Heritage Hotel and Leisure Refurbishment and Maintenance

The Challenge

Following a competitive public procurement process, we were appointed by The British Commercial Vehicle Museum as part of a wider team led by OMI Architects to provide traditional quantity surveying services. This included strategic cost management on their exciting museum transformation project.

Based in the Lancashire town of Leyland, with strong links to the Leyland truck company, the museum is home to over 60 historic commercial vehicles and tells the story of their evolution, from the days of horse drawn through to steam, petrol and diesel. The museum allows visitors to get close up to early steam wagons, vintage fire engines, buses and many more vehicles. The completed museum offers a state of the art interactive visitor attraction that will be open all year round.

The Outcome

We successfully supported the museum in obtaining a Heritage Lottery fund grant of £1.8m, which was awarded in September 2017. Construction work commenced in November 2017 and was completed on time and 12 months later in November 2018. We managed the construction cost within budget.

Key Considerations

A major element of the transformation project was to repair the badly leaking roof and provide upgraded thermal insulation; the poor condition of the roof coupled with an inadequate heating system prevented the museum from opening in the winter months. We realised very early on in the project that there was an opportunity to undertake the roofing works as a separate contract using a specialist roofing contractor.


Representing 40% of the capital investment, using a specialist roofing contractor not only enabled us to save on the programme’s time, but also bring more cost certainty by the early de-risking of the one element of the project that had the greatest uncertainty.

In addition, we reduced the capital cost of the roof works by reducing the main contractor’s preliminaries and profit on profit allowances. This allowed the museum to redirect funds to the internal museum space, giving them greater value and an enhanced museum experience. The internal space of the museum has been completely refurbished with low energy heating and lighting and is able to showcase the vehicles with a new multi-media and interactive displays, along with a cafe, shop and conference facility that provides an educational space.

Our Services

  • Quantity Surveyors.






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