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University of Birmingham


Student accommodation refurbishment

The University of Birmingham awarded MITIE the challenge to refurbish their Oakley Court student accommodation residences comprising of 7 three-storey blocks within their Edgbaston campus during the 2013 summer recess.

What was our client looking for?
The University required a contractor who could deliver a high quality project on time and within a tight programme. The works required MITIE to undertake an internal refurbishment including new kitchens, the new installation of gas fired heating systems throughout, new shower cubicles, new flooring, replacement windows and internal and external redecoration. The 10 week programme required MITIE to hand-back the buildings for immediate occupation by students for the new academic year which left no room for complacency.

How did we help?

We worked with the University to develop a comprehensive project programme at the earliest stage and understand the lead-in period for key elements. This allowed us to place all orders with our supply chain to ensure the start on site date could be achieved.    

The work began by removing the existing kitchens, heating systems and replacing the windows. This followed by the first fix for electrical and mechanical installations, kitchen fitting, second fix, redecoration and new flooring. Our team worked tirelessly to meet the deadline, working long hours and 7 days a week.

There were numerous challenges throughout the project that required slight adaptations to the design and layout including pipe runs for the new heating systems and the subsequent aesthetics. However, with a positive working relationship between parties and clear lines of communication we were able to incorporate.

The results
The project was handed over on time to the complete satisfaction of all stakeholders within the University. Chris Keeton, the University of Birmingham's Project Manager stated: ‘The project was a challenge from day one with an extremely tight programme and any over-runs would have had a huge knock-on effect for the students who were due to take occupation within days of Practical Completion. MITIE’s communication with all stakeholders was excellent throughout the project, the finished product was of high quality and their commitment to achieving the common objective was evident for all to see.’

Oakley Court new kitchen

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