We challenge

People come to us with brilliant ideas and we work together to clarify and rigorously test them so that they can be achieved and delivered confidently with the support of key stakeholders.

We test the feasibility of new plans and projects which may include new activities, organisational structures and new or redeveloped buildings. We bring independent and robust evidence and insight to the table to challenge – or corroborate – assumptions.

Our practice includes a robust process of identifying and appraising alternative options which will meet specific objectives.

 

Recently completed assignments include those where market appraisals, consultation, modelling and benchmarking against comparators have been analysed to support a robust assessment of options to inform development including:

  • Over a period of seven years, BK worked with the Royal Borough of Greenwich to determine the cultural and community future of five historic buildings from the former Royal Arsenal in Woolwich. Taking a lead from the ambitions of the Council, we undertook feasibility studies and business development plans to create a vision which was supported by the Council which has invested £42 million in this major project. As part of the project development, BK introduced residents Punchdrunk, Chineke! and the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. Woolwich Works opens in September 2021
  • Derby Hippodrome, where we have found a new use for this Theatre at Risk as a music venue/club which is rooted in the Derby independent creative sector and which will complement established organisations. We have designed a business model for post-pandemic times which includes sustained community and voluntary involvement along with adaptive and focussed enterprise. This involved challenging assumptions that the best use for the Hippodrome would be in its original form as a receiving theatre
  • Stockton Globe, where we worked with Stockton Council to identify and assess options, firstly for the future viable use of this venue and then to assess options for commercial and other operators. We also undertook a viability appraisal for the Globe, a major regeneration project contributing to economic and social regeneration and a successful bid under the Heritage Enterprise Scheme

 

Other options appraisals and viability studies include management and governance options for the Tramway, and for Sheffield Contemporary Arts Forum and Abandon Normal Devices; and for Tunbridge Wells Theatre where we tested the demand for, and feasibility of, a new 1200 seat lyric theatre.

During the pandemic we have provided support and challenge to organisations on their business planning including the ICA, Smock Alley Theatre.

Whilst the Lottery was supporting major capital projects, we developed plans for the Roundhouse, Hampstead Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Oval House, Worthing Dome Cinema, Dance City, Artsadmin at Toynbee Studios, Salisbury Playhouse, Northern Stage, as well as supporting international capital projects in Ireland and Istanbul.