Manchester City CouncilManchester City Council are using the NBS BIM Toolkit as part of the new build secondary school programme. This is part of a wider initiative at the council to have an effective set of BIM tools and processes in place across their organisation. This use case explores their drivers for using the BIM Toolkit, the steps they have taken and lessons learned along the way.

What is the NBS BIM Toolkit?

A five-year funded programme was developed to deliver Level 2 BIM via a set of world-class standards and tools.

The NBS BIM Toolkit includes a library of thousands of cross-sector construction Level of Definition templates and a unified classification system. Presented within a free-to-use digital plan of work tool along with some quick start templates, it makes the definition of who is doing what and when throughout a construction project easy, with information, efficiency and performance benefits for the client and the wider project team.

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How have Manchester City Council used the Toolkit?

An initiative began in 2015 which has seen Manchester City Council work with the BIM Task Group to put in place a set of best practice BIM processes. Their schools programme has been the focus during the development of Employer Information Requirements and digital plans of work which can see sometimes up to eight similar educational building developments in any given year.

The Lytham Road Secondary School project in Manchester was the first of four similar projects expected to commence within a six month period.

Alistair Burns, Design Manager with the Capital Programmes and Property Team for the Council, has over 20 years’ experience working on schools projects. He coordinated the essential information inputs across the Lytham Road project team and worked closely with Sarah Grey, Product Manager for the NBS BIM Toolkit, from Stage 0 of the project, with the aim of developing a set of schools-specific information that could help them standardise their approaches, centrally share and record lessons learned and achieve efficiencies when developing their information requirements on future projects.

What did the Council need the Toolkit to do?

The BIM Task Group and Manchester City Council worked closely to demonstrate Level 2 BIM processes in use in an organisation, as part of an ongoing commitment to industry education and support.

The Council was keen to derive the cost and efficiency benefits of BIM and to promote these and the secondary school programme was specifically chosen for its potential to be delivered using exemplar Level 2 BIM.

As Alistair Burns explains: “The Council’s Capital Programmes and Property Team wanted to have a template in place that captured the knowledge of the department and the years of experience and lessons learnt from previous projects. This would put the organisation in a strong position to have clarity on client information requirements on projects. In developing well-structured digital information the team at Manchester believe better project outcomes would be guaranteed and, in using the Digital Plan of Work across all stages, data flow would be significantly improved.”


Creating a template digital plan of work