BIM Office Extension, Oxford

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  • Cumnor Hill project 1

Our first experience at BIM was a single storey extension to our Oxford office to provide additional office space for the building’s other tenants


We identified a knowledge gap in our BIM capability so decided to use our upcoming 310m2 office extension in Oxford to gain some practical experience.

We knew that The Clarkson Alliance had recognised expertise in promoting BIM to SMEs, so they were the obvious choice to turn to for guidance. They gave us advice on software, procedures and protocols and helped us manage the design process and interpret PAS 1192 – The British BIM industry standard.

In terms of software, the architect used Bentley Microstation, the structural engineer used Tekla, and the M&E engineers used Revit. The structural and M&E engineers worked on their models concurrently and each week sent these to the architects who combined them into the ‘federated’ or coordinated BIM model. The software was used to generate reports highlighting where building elements clashed with each other.

Weekly design meetings were held to discuss progress and clashes. Solutions to overcome the clashes were devised collaboratively.

“Beard has recognised the benefits of using the latest BIM tools can only be fully realised by creating collaborative teams. It’s been exciting to work with Beard and their supply chain partners making steps forward that are improving project performance and identifying tangible benefits for all project partners”

Julian Bullen, The Clarkson Alliance



Contract value

£0.75 million


Montgomery Architects & Oxford Architects

Contract duration

47 weeks

Form of contract


Procurement Method

Design and Build

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