Undertaken at the beginning of the process, feasibility studies allow departments to establish whether a project is viable and worthwhile, and support business case preparation for seeking further resources and funding.
Starting during the strategic definition stage (RIBA Stage 0), Estates Services appoints a consultant to undertake an options appraisal. This considers options, project risks and opportunities, programme constraints and other design team requirements, and develops the brief.
If the appraisal sufficiently indicates that all options have been considered and the anticipated outcome is clear, it can be used to support a paper to the relevant capital steering group seeking endorsement and/or project funding from the University Capital Fund, either for a detailed feasibility study or for full project funding.
If a feasibility study is required, this will build upon the work undertaken in the options appraisal, providing more detail on the identified option(s), again with the objective of ensuring that the project is viable and worthwhile before committing further resources. Not all projects will go forward – in some cases funding is not realised and so the project may be delayed or cancelled.
Please contact Linda Ranford, Capital Projects Administrator for more information.
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