Assisting The University of Cumbria with a Digital Infrastructure Blueprint

The Project

 

The University of Cumbria engaged 4C Strategies to provide independent advice and guidance and to lead the preparation of a digital infrastructure blueprint that would underpin the University’s ambitious goals for the digital future of its buildings and operations.

 

Background

 

The University of Cumbria has recently embarked on two ambitious building projects; the Citadel Project, to relocate and merge its two sites located in Carlisle, and a new facility in Barrow-in-Furness in partnership with BAE.

 

The strategy and vision for both projects focuses on the use of digital technologies to create an intelligent environment that will enhance the delivery of education, support a flexible learning and working environment and aid in the University’s further objectives pertaining to sustainability.

 

In addition to this, the University has set out its “Towards 2030” Business Strategy, together with a supporting Digital Strategy, and identified the need for a digital infrastructure blueprint to support these objectives.

 

Brief

 

4C Strategies was engaged to assist in the development and preparation of a digital infrastructure blueprint that would support the University’s wider digital and business strategy – one that could then be applied to future building projects, including refurbishment of existing spaces as well as new buildings.

 

4C Strategies worked collaboratively with the University throughout the project using the two “live” building projects as information sources for the blueprint. This included working closely with the professional design and architecture teams and attending specialist user engagement sessions.

 

Outcome

 

4C Strategies worked collaboratively with the University to produce an all-encompassing digital infrastructure blueprint that will provide an invaluable reference point for future infrastructure projects that the University may undertake.

 

The blueprint report has been prepared for two key audiences, firstly for the University’s senior management team where the report recommendations have been broken down into a helpful traffic light system categorising these into “must haves”, “should haves” and “could haves”, in order to aid the University in its decision making, in line with relevant priorities; and secondly as a key briefing document for project professional design teams.

 

A further key benefit of this blueprint to the University was the production of a bespoke budgeting tool that can now be applied to future buildings projects, whether that be new buildings or the refurbishment of existing spaces. This budgeting tool allows the University to consider digital infrastructure much earlier in the budgeting process – a consideration which, traditionally, is not always allowed for so early on in a project. This proactive approach to budgeting will also provide significant cost-saving benefits to the University in the long term.

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Assisting The University of Cumbria with a Digital Infrastructure Blueprint

4C Strategies was engaged by The University of Cumbria to assist in the development and preparation of a digital infrastructure blueprint that would support its wider digital and business strategy – one that could then be applied to future building projects, including refurbishment of existing spaces as well as new buildings.

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