Project: Student Accommodation
Client: Vita Ventures
Value: £1.6 million – £4.3 million
Genlec has successfully delivered a number of large-scale student accommodation projects for client Vita Ventures at sites in Sheffield, Bristol and Exeter. All refurbishment projects involved the upgrade and modernisation of existing buildings to provide high specification and ultra-modern homes for students.
Genlec delivered the schemes across a 3 year period, having been appointed by Create Construction as a supply chain partner for their student accommodation schemes.
Portland House in Exeter marked the first scheme to be completed. A £6.9millon project with a £1.9m M&E value, the project saw the refurbishment of an existing 1960’s office building to create 156 studios, together with a six storey steel frame extension to the front elevation and two and a half storey Metsec extension at roof level. The contemporary studios where fitted with ultra-modern kitchens, en-suite bathrooms and a space-saving foldable double bed with integrated sofa.
The second £5.2million scheme on Colston Avenue in Bristol took place over a 40 week period. With a £1.6m M&E value, the project saw the refurbishment of an existing 1960’s office building creating 132 studios, together with Metsec extension on the sixth floor. The landlocked city centre site with restricted logistics presented a series of challenges for the team.
The final scheme in Sheffield, Telephone House, marked the largest of the three developments. At £19.8 million, taking place across 72 weeks, the scheme included the refurbishment of an existing 14 storey, 1960’s office building, with steel frame extension at roof level, creating 368 studios. M&E works took place across a 60 week period under a £4.3m contact.
“It was great to partner with Create on these three large scale schemes. We developed a strong relationship with the client and quickly developed a strong understanding of their wider objectives and vision. The first project allowed us to showcase our skills and abilities so much so that they were keen to collaborate with us on future schemes.”Jonathan Twentyman, Managing Director at Genlec