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University of Edinburgh


Decoration services

What was our client looking for?

The University of Edinburgh was looking for a contractor who was experienced in carrying out painting decoration and all associated minor works and repairs. They needed a highly reliable team to deliver the works to very tight time schedules, within budget and who have extensive experience of working in occupied buildings and the education sector.

The contract consists of 2 zones. One includes academic buildings, mostly
listed, including lecture theatres, labs, offices and corridors. The other zone
includes internal decorations to student bedrooms, kitchens, lounges,
toilets, corridors and stairwells.

The University required a variety of specialist finishes and coatings,
governed by their regulations and working practices. These include liquid
plastics, hygiene coatings (silver ion paint) and the use of linseed oil to
provide a specialist finish to external timber surfaces.

How did we help?

Health and safety

Contract managers worked with University staff to complete a
comprehensive health and safety plan. Risk assessments were completed
for all stages of the work and regular site audits were carried out to ensure
the safety of staff and students at all times.


We developed monthly project meetings with the university to plan,
programme and review work activity, budget spend, quality and safety.
This maintained the focus on achieving the agreed KPI’s and ensure the
university was happy with our progress.

Toolbox talks and training

Bespoke toolbox talks were given to all operatives on a weekly basis that were designed specifically for the university and their buildings. This ensured all our people are working to the required Health and safety standards and understood the heritage of the building and the associated considerations needed to carry out our work.

Due to the diverse cultural and ethnic make-up of the university and to ensure we complied with the university’s equality standards and procedures we provided a cultural awareness workshop for all operatives.

Electronic invoicing

The University had requested a paperless payment and invoicing process so we developed an electronic invoicing system dedicated to their contract.

Traffic management and environment

Following a traffic audit of the site we became aware of the high volume of vehicles which used the site daily. We developed a Traffic Management Plan which includes the collection and delivery of operatives, material and waste. As an SIO 14001 accredited company all waste was disposed of after each job, then segregated and recycled in the correct manner.

The results

The main entrance foyer to the university and surrounding corridors have been given a fresh new look, creating and warm and more inviting environment. This was achieved with minimum disruption to the normal running of the university and of course, was delivered on time and within budget.

Edinburgh University

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