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Assisting Unite Students in meeting new Building Safety regulations

Supporting the UK's leading provider of student accommodation

Unite Students initially engaged us to review their asset information management approach across their substantial £5 billion asset portfolio, and as a priority support their compliance with the Building Safety Act. The primary objective was to establish a consolidated and reliable source of related Building Safety information covering all of their properties to evidence Building Safety Case and related information whilst operating and maintaining their national estate. During the design phase of the project, recommendations were also made regarding their information management approach and decisions made on standards adoption for their documents, and importantly the management, assurance and storage of their built asset data. .

This comprehensive asset dataset serves as the foundation for various operational streams, including reactive and planned preventative maintenance and whole life cost decisions.

Given the large-scale accommodation services provided to students, the swift turnaround time for property marketability and refurbishment during the summer months necessitates consistently updated and precise data. Maintaining this data integrity throughout a student’s tenure is crucial, not least from a building and fire safety perspective.

Once all this data is in place, this robust data infrastructure will empower Unite Students to leverage smart building technologies, optimising space utilisation, energy efficiency and cleaning schedules. It will significantly bolster decision-making processes concerning asset sales and disposals.

gliderbim® will provide Unite Students with a single source of information for their asset portfolio. The Common Data Environment (CDE) has been configured to hold information to elevate all space and asset information for COBie. It will be the data backbone for all properties. By collecting, connecting and validating information it will also provide the golden thread of information. Ultimately, this initiative ensures that Unite Students can offer the safest student accommodation in the country. It is constructed and maintained to the highest standards.

Our experts are helping the education sector to digitalise their built assets – from one building to large campuses. Get in touch to discuss how you can maximise your asset information.

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Glider Welcomes New Client: University of the Arts London

Facilitating innovation and growth at Stratford Waterfront

Glider is proud to have been involved in the capital delivery of Stratford Waterfront. In particular the handover of information from construction to the London Legacy Development Corporate (LLDC). As part of the Stratford Waterfront development, UAL’s London College of Fashion will play a pivotal role in the cultural and educational renaissance of East London.

About Stratford Waterfront

Stratford Waterfront, which has been spearheaded by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), is an ambitious project that leverages the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It will create a dynamic new hub for creativity, learning and community engagement.

Alongside UAL’s London College of Fashion, the development will host a number of cultural and educational institutions including the BBC, Sadler’s Wells and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

A seamless handover

Glider’s involvement in this development demonstrates our commitment to facilitating the seamless transition from handover to operation. We are passionate about helping asset owners to maximise the value of built assets in the future. As the project’s information management partner, we have been entrusted with the critical task of ensuring the continuity and integrity of data throughout the project lifecycle.

Using our award-winning software platform, gliderbim®, our Information Managers have meticulously captured and validated information during the construction phase. This is helping to lay the groundwork for a smooth handover to UAL and other tenants.

All information is securely stored in gliderbim® ready to be transferred to the tenants of Stratford Waterfront enabling them to manage their own supply chains during fit-out.

Embracing a smarter future

After fit-out is complete, they will have a robust library of asset information. This will empower them to effectively manage their new facility and integrate it with other systems including smart building technologies.

Glider is passionate about digitising the built environment. As well as working with Main Contractors on the capital delivery of prestigious development projects like Stratford Waterfront, Glider also helps Asset Owners to understand their built assets and adopt smart building and digital twin technologies.

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Supporting ESS Modular to deliver new Army accommodation

New Client Project for ESS Modular

We’re delighted to be supporting ESS Modular with information management services on new Single Living Accommodation (SLA) for the British Army.

The Ministry of Defence £1.2bn programme will modernise and improve SLA at five barracks in the UK over the next ten years. ESS Modular has been appointed to work on three of the barracks which are:

  • Kendrew Barracks, Cottesmore (75 bedspaces)
  • Weeton Barracks, Blackpool (69 bedspaces)
  • Flying Station Wattisham, Ipswich (168 bedspaces)

Each new build SLA will offer single en suite bedrooms, kitchen diners and communal space. The accommodation will use modern methods of construction, incorporating solar panels and the latest materials to support the Army’s net zero targets.

Glider will provide essential Information Management support including:

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Supporting Mace on the digital handover services for Peterborough Court, Fleet Street’s landmark refurbishment project

Supporting Mace on the largest interiors project they've undertaken in a decade

Peterborough Court, is a landmark office development scheme situated at 133 Fleet Street, the former European headquarters of Goldman Sachs. Construction is already underway, and this marks the largest interiors project Mace has undertaken in the past decade.

Peterborough Court will create 292,000 sq ft of Grade A workspace and ground floor retail across eleven floors. The iconic property offers flexible floor plates, private terraces, and public courtyard open space. The refurbishment is aligned with the highest sustainability standards, health and wellness considerations. It also incorporates dual-feed, 100% ‘All-Electric’ technology.

The development will also incorporate smart technology. The digital capture of all asset information during construction will enable the landlord and tenants to use this information in operations.

Glider Technology is proud to support Mace in delivering the information management for this ground breaking project. The collaboration defines Glider Technology’s commitment to innovation and efficiency in the construction industry.

The £120 million investment program for Peterborough Court is managed by Broadwater Capital. Mace leads the construction efforts with support from JRA for architectural services, BDP for structures and lighting, Gardiner & Theobald for Project Management and Cost Consultancy services, and Gerald Eve as the planning advisor. CBRE and JLL are joint leasing agents.

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Glider wins new client, Mace Interiors

During a period of growth for Glider, Mace Interiors joins the consultancy as its latest client.


Headquartered in London, Mace Interiors is the interiors arm of the multinational consultancy and construction firm, Mace Group. Glider is pleased to be working across two of its recent fit-out projects.

Both projects concern commercial fit-outs of high-rise office buildings based in Central London. Following Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building regulations and fire safety, keeping a Golden Thread of information is now essential with a particular emphasis on fire safety. Through its specialism in Building Information Management (BIM), Glider is well-positioned to consult on handover management with this in mind.

On both fit-out projects, Glider is providing handover management services to ensure Operations and Maintenance (O&M), Health and Safety Files, including Fire Safety, and Building Log Books are all produced to the highest quality, and in accordance with the ‘Mace Way’.

Stuart Bell, Director of Sales and Marketing at Glider, commented: “We are delighted to be supporting Mace Interiors on these two prestigious new projects. Glider’s digital delivery and handover management services will provide the tenants operational teams with rapid access to O&M’s and related asset data when mobilising and occupying the space post PC.”


To find out more about Glider and gliderbim® call 0203 8268 001 or email info@glidertech.com.

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Network Homes refreshes information management requirements

About Network Homes

Founded in 1974, Network Homes is a charitable housing association. It provides over 21,000 affordable homes for more than 38,000 people, predominantly across London and Hertfordshire. Network Homes reinvests its profits into building more affordable homes and delivering great services for its residents. As an existing and approved supplier, Glider responded to a ‘Request for Quotation’ from Network Homes for Requirement Drafting Services. Glider won the competitive tender due to the quality and cost of its submission.

Stuart Bell, Director of Sales and Marketing at Glider commented: “We are delighted to be working with Network Homes. We have experience of working with housing associations, and will use this knowledge to review and refine Network Homes’ specific asset information needs. Glider’s information management support will strengthen the organisational exchange and asset information requirements and ensure that they the required BIM documents to procure built asset information from their key suppliers, and procure data that provides downstream dividends to their operational teams.”

The project

Glider will review and uplift the current suite of BIM documents that they are currently using, including its Asset Information Requirements (AIR), Exchange Information Requirements (EIR) and Project Information Requirements (PIR) along with their COBie templates, Spatial Hierarchy and BIM capability and capacity assessments.

Additionally, Glider will work closely with the Digital and Building Information Management team. This will be to ensure they are understood, accepted and rolled into future projects and contract documentation.

Glider will incorporate holistic requirements for development, operation, planned and reactive maintenance and compliance with relevant regulation. This includes the Fire Safety Regulations 2022 and Building Safety Act 2022. All documents produced by Glider will be tailored to Network Homes’ individual processes.

This project is very similar in scope to work Glider has previously completed for fellow G15 Housing Association, Clarion Housing Group. The review workshops and consultation programme is fast-track and targeted at 2-months as part of a wider strategic review and improvement initiative.


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To find out more about Glider and gliderbim® call 0203 8268 001 or email us.

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Information Management for HM Prison Service estates

Due to the extent of data involved, and being a mandated ISO 19650-4 deliverable, COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) was a briefed requirement, minimising risk and ensuring the efficient construction of the new prison.

Supporting the building of new prisons

The Ministry of Justice principal delivery partners turned to Glider for support with the building of the new prison at HMP Five Wells, replacing facilities that were closed down in 2012. The prison is part of the government’s ‘Prison Estate Transformation Programme’.

The new prison is made up of several buildings following a standard structure, but with its own complex sets of requirements. The facility is now the biggest prison in England, with a unique design enabling more direct contact between staff and prisoners.

Glider consultants provided digital handover documentation management and COBie information management services utilising the gliderbim® information management platform.

Keeping large quantities of data accurate and clean

When information requirements are specified and handover delivered correctly, facilities management (FM) can complete their job in an easier, more efficient way. For this HMP project, extensive asset information requirement documents covered everything from nomenclature to measurements – with vast amounts of data needing to be accurate and clean.

One challenge on this project was ensuring that all data handed over by trade suppliers and subcontractors was accurate and correct. Lining all of this data up with the COBie requirements and O&M was imperative to ensure there were no inconsistencies threatening to make the project fallible.

Future-proofing the projects

In order to make sure the project is future-proof, Glider knew to provide more data than was needed. While that data may not be needed immediately, collating all of the data during the build means that there will be no need to retrospectively find data as technology improves and upgrades.

Typically, data for construction projects is contained in drawings, bills of quantities and specifications that are often completed retrospectively. This process relies on all parties involved with the project to update the documentation, which can often leave room for error and miscommunication. During the construction process, especially for large projects such as those at HMP Five Wells, it is vital that everything possible is done to minimise this risk.

This is where COBie as a recognised industry data exchange standard comes in. On this HMP project, data requirements were specified and distributed to project parties for completion. Data from each trade contractor was submitted at agreed and regular intervals for verification and acceptance. In this process, the submitted data was passed through gliderbim® information delivery plan (IDP) rules engines to ensure each contact, component down to data attribute level-detail, e.g., warranty data or maintenance regime, was populated correctly.

Trade contractors and suppliers could instantly see any anomalies with their submission and correct missing or incorrect data via the gliderbim® auditable RFI log process. Once verified and accepted, these parcels of trade and supplier data were federated into a modelled dataset, representative of the as-built asset. This was vital when engaging the operational teams before and during handover who want to make use of (or integrate) this data with their facilities management and building operating systems.

Using gliderbim® to further ensure accuracy and data transparency

Glider carried out an IFC enrichment piece, whereby all data gathered from contractors through the gliderbim® RFI tool was exported through its unique export tool to create fully data-complete IFC models.

As the client required IFC models rich with data, Glider wanted to do more than just COBie spreadsheets. The client will now receive the IFC models with data included, covering every base and ensuring a soft landing for operational teams.

Processing this much data would not have been possible without the unique data management capabilities of gliderbim® and Glider’s skilled information managers and consultants.

Prison projects are enormous undertakings that require a lot of know-how, skill and attention to detail to deliver – but the outcome is that the Ministry of Justice can be completely confident in the quality and completeness of data and handover information for HMP Five Wells.


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The story of gliderbim® and a global oil industry giant

What are the projects?

The famous Shell Centre Tower was originally designed by Sir Howard Robertson and built in 1957. The tower has spent the last several years undergoing a huge transformation project as a part of the South Bank masterplan. The 5.25 acre site has retained its 27-storey tower, with the addition of extra office, retail and residential space to the site.

Building on the success of the Shell Tower refurbishment, Shell then continued their upgrade programme by moving on to the redevelopment of its 20 York Road premises nearby in Waterloo.

Who is involved? 

The contractor on both of these large-scale projects was Overbury.  Having work with Overbury on many previous projects, Overbury was extremely familiar with how to maximise the capabilities of gliderbim® as the Common Data Environment (CDE) for both projects.

Subsequently, Shell then requested to take ownership of all project and asset information collected during both builds. The handover of this information ownership was designed specifically for this project, to enable the information to be useful and usable from a facilities management and asset owner’s operational perspective. The detailed asset data delivered through gliderbim® will serve to future proof the quality of the building information as its use changes over time.


Having also previously worked with Shell on asset information handovers, Glider was the obvious choice as the asset information modelling (AIM) CDE. As a result, Shell is now working directly with Glider to design and configure the asset space to suit its specific needs.

Originally providing handover documentation support, Glider has been helping to build a configured platform for information and documentation to be stored in a useful and dynamic way.

Now that Overbury has delivered the physical building and its project information model, they have handed that information over to Glider, where the team has engaged Shell on how this dataset can support downstream operational decisions.

Validated and verified information

Glider’s role was to take control of the masses of information collected by Overbury during construction ensuring it was validated and verified to meet Shell’s specific asset information requirements.  We worked with Shell to find out how they wanted to find this trusted and assured information, and how they would be using it.

Facilities Management partner Sodexo is a key partner for Glider, guiding us on the best way to set up the information model for those two buildings. Together with Shell and Sodexo, we created a tailored information model within gliderbim®, that will now help to ensure facilities management processes reliant on quality data are easier and more efficient.

We needed to consider who would be using the asset, and how each persona would need to search and find specific information relevant to their role and need. From there we created a new way of navigating that asset information hierarchy that suits the needs of all stakeholders.

What’s next for Shell?

Having worked with Shell on a number of projects, it is possible that Glider will now be asked to implement similar solutions across its wider portfolio, building upon the best practice lessons learned and uplifting their information management capability further. We are at the stage where we have designed and configured the right solution for Shell on these two projects. Glider’s asset information management solution is now a key part of the Shell Tower and 20 York Road asset information architecture.


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For more information on Glider’s services, call us on 0203 8268 001 or email us.

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Glider to deliver a digital handover solution for Stratford Waterfront East Bank development

The Stratford Waterfront site will bring together BBC recording studios, a new campus for UAL’s London College of Fashion, a 550-seat theatre for Sadler’s Wells and a new museum for the V&A.

The development is part of the wider £1.1 billion East Bank project which will create a new powerhouse of culture, education, innovation and growth being built on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London. East Bank also includes significant developments on two other sites with a new campus for UCL in the south of the Park and the V&A East Storehouse collection and storage centre at Here East in the north of the Park.

2022 marks 10 years since the world’s spotlight shone on London for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. East Bank is one of the biggest legacy projects from the Games that will help to cement London’s reputation as a world leader in culture, education and innovation creating 2,500 jobs, £1.5 billion of economic benefit and 600 new homes.

Nick Hutchinson, Co-Founder said, “It is an honour to be working on such a prestigious project, one that will bring great opportunity to the local community. Using our gliderbim® solution, the teams will be able to effectively manage asset information throughout the entire lifecycle of each asset within the development, by using one common data repository, communicating effectively with its supply chain throughout the design and construction process, through to the operational lifetime of each new facility”.

On a project of this scale, the team has naturally amassed an enormous amount of information, and gliderbim® will help to structure all of this information and data on each aspect of the development, offering an online place for collecting, managing and sharing information.

gliderbim® will help to build an accurate and well-structured data set – a ‘Project Information Model’ (PIM) – as each stage of the project progresses. Once verified, this published documentation and data will be used in the asset management phase or the Asset Information Model (AIM).

The asset data and handover documentation project are due for completion in 2022.

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The road to digitising the Coventry University estate

gliderbim® is providing Coventry University with a central information management platform. It has allowed them to generate an automated and templated approach to obtaining, validating and verifying asset data.

The requirement

The University had a requirement to host their digital estates information and over the past year Glider has worked alongside the University to provide a data hosting solution and support its digital transformation.

This dynamic University is continually evolving to give its students the best opportunities and experiences. The innovative Estates Team commissioned Glider to implement the gliderbim® common data environment (CDE) software to manage information for all future capital delivery projects and its existing built estate.

Digital information management

gliderbim® is a digital information management platform for the entire lifecycle of built assets. This intelligent online platform allows users to create their own unique CDE for project data, models and documentation. It provides asset owners with the tools needed to manage the production, approval, delivery and maintenance of all asset information.

Hadeel Saadoon, BIM Manager for Coventry University Estates Digital Services Team, responsible for managing and operating the University’s estate’s building data, and chair of BIM4Estates, a communication and knowledge exchange platform for Estates professionals working in BIM, commented: “Coventry University is an enormous estate with 140+ buildings, including accommodation. We first started working with Glider to discuss the best approach for onboarding estate asset data. However, this quickly transitioned into a wider project to implement the use of gliderbim® across the entire estate.”

Supporting an active University campus

This was an ambitious project, with the need for accurate data capture, information alignment and analysis programming. In addition, it required the delivery of live projects, as well as supporting an active University campus.

Coventry University began work by looking for a central location for information. This work was led by the Estates Digital Services team who conducted a major clean up, scan of the existing physical archive, update of the existing university building drawings, and creation of BIM models retrospectively – all of which is still ongoing.

The solution

gliderbim® was the solution chosen to provide a central information management platform. It also allowed Coventry University estates to generate an automated and templated approach to obtaining, validating and verifying asset data. This project involved a considerable amount of built-in consultancy from Glider to align the CDE set-up with existing workflows and systems.

The University is currently moving from a Windows shared drive solution in order to adopt a number of ISO 19650 processes.

As such, there was a need for gliderbim® to provide training, guidance and support to the Estates Team when it came to configuring the international standards within the CDE.

A stand-out project

This project was stand-out for Glider, in that the University started using Glider PowerShell, our beta data transfer and project configuration toolkit, to onboard masses of data from shared drives.

Implementing BIM in the core functions of the whole estate is essential for managing information, and saves time in checking and onboarding data. BIM protocols helped the University to establish a new way of working that ensures the graphical and information output is consistently structured.

Following a pilot for the new AIM CDE, the University is now rolling out gliderbim® across all of its locations. In the next stages, gliderbim® will be integrating the University’s new CDE with its existing CAFM and BMS platforms on its pathway to a digital twin of their built estate.