Deloitte advises on planning permission for Natural History Museum grounds

11 August 2016

The Natural History Museum Grade I listed Waterhouse Building is a national treasure in its own right. The grounds around the building, as well as its amenities, are set to be redeveloped – planning permission was recently granted. Deloitte provided extensive advice and coordination of the applications for planning permission – including stakeholder engagement strategy.

The Natural History Museum first opened in 1881, following the UK Government’s acquisition of 71,000 items of interest following the death of their collector, Sir Hans Sloane. The items were first held in the British Museum, but the museum was deemed too small for the ever growing collection of natural history curiosities by Sir Richard Owen, who took over directorship of the museum in 1856. Owen persuaded the UK Government to establish a new museum, for which Albert Hall architect Francis Fowke was commissioned in 1864. Following Fowke's unexpected death a year later, Alfred Waterhouse took over the task. The building, in Romanesque architecture at the South Kensington site was constructed out of terracotta to survive the harsh London environment. Today the Natural History Museum has more than 80 million specimens spanning billions of years and is visited each year by more than 5 million people.

Deloitte advises on planning permission for Natural History Museum grounds

While the building has stood the tests of time, the extensive grounds around the museum are to see significant redevelopment. The work will involve the creation of a unified landscape around the South Kensington site, which will, besides a significant upgrade of the grounds by way of new paths, ponds, terraces, meadows and biodiverse planting, gain a new civic square, shop and restaurant; and a new step-free entrance to the Museum from the South Kensington station tunnel. The centre piece of the redeveloped grounds will be a life size model of ‘Dippy’ the diplodocus, who will be found grazing in a new ‘Jurassic planting scheme’.

Planning permission for the redevelopment was recently granted, advised on by Deloitte Real Estate’s planning team. The firm coordinated the applications for planning permission, which included leading stakeholder engagement strategy. The proposed redeveloped was created, over a two year period, by Niall McLaughlin Architects and Kim Wilkie Landscape Architects.

Adam Donovan, Assistant Director at Deloitte Real Estate, comments, “This planning permission represents two years of close consultation with Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, local residents and a range of stakeholders. The innovative scheme provides a comprehensive landscape masterplan for the museum whilst providing a sensitive setting for the Grade I listed Waterhouse Building.”


Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

24 April 2019

BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines has confirmed a five-year contract with Capgemini to take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services in the UK. The deal will help BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines reduce the cost of IT from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.

Since the firm’s UK profits were found to have halved in 2018, Capgemini has been working to improve its offering and attract new clients. In the summer, the global IT services consultancy combined a number of its creative wings to form Capgemini Invent, while a deal with Amazon Web Services enabled the firm to improve its cost-saving digital offering to clients looking for IT outsourcing work.

In the last year, Capgemini has subsequently won a series of contracts leveraging its IT delivery services on behalf of a variety of entities. The firm partnered with Statoil to deliver digital innovation across the company, as well as taking a role to innovate the fan experience of the Rugby World Cup 7s tournament, and replacing Atos as the IT services provider of McDonald’s

Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

Now, the firm has continued this surge of new business with the confirmation of a partnership with BAE Systems, which will see Capgemini collaborate on a key defence contract. Capgemini’s five-year contract with BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines will see Capgemini take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services for the BAE wing in the UK, including service orchestration, networking, hosting, end-user computing, DevOps, reporting and analytics, automation, and a digital service desk.

BAE Systems has been looking to improve its bottom line in the UK in recent years, and the move is aimed at transforming its Maritime-Submarines business IT delivery, allowing the company to take advantage of innovative digital technologies, create better user experiences, ensure high service availability, and reduce the cost of IT, from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. Capgemini’s IT solution was selected because of its ability to support the company’s evolving requirements, including the need to further enhance the responsiveness of the IT service, and effectiveness and agility of the delivery model.

Stephen Cole, CIO, BAE Systems Submarines, said, “As we embarked on this critical programme for our Submarines business that will deliver improved agile digital services, world-class service transformation and orchestration capabilities underpinned by very strong references were essential in our selection process. We are confident that Capgemini met these requirements and is the right partner for us. The team really understands where we are trying to get to as a business and its collaborative approach alongside its commitment to developing skills in the local area were paramount to our decision.”

Paul Margetts, Managing Director, UK Business Unit at Capgemini, added, “We are delighted to expand upon our business relationship with BAE Systems. Having worked with the company over the past four years, we have seen the tremendous opportunities for change that this programme presents and are hugely excited to be part of the journey at BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines, to help the company make a step change and satisfy new business requirements. We also look forward to increasing our involvement with the local North West community and Barrow in particular.”