The Challenge:

Procured through Scape, the project consisted of the refurbishment and remodelling of levels five and six of the Aspect Court building at Sheffield Hallam University to form a Higher Degree Apprenticeship (HDA) space and an Enterprise and Innovation Hub (EIH).

The fifth floor, to be used as the HDA space, required stripping back to the shell, a full refurbishment and new floor layout with mechanical, electrical services and partitions; the sixth floor, the EIH, required new fixtures and fittings, decoration, and a new furniture layout.

The remainder of the building was occupied, meaning that the site team would have to ensure minimal disturbance to occupants and ensure that interference with the site was prevented. In addition, the location of Aspect Court, on a one-way road with very little delivery space, meant that parking and access to the site was restricted.

The Solution:

The building contained asbestos, which was removed prior to our beginning work on site. All internal walls were stripped, along with fixtures, fittings, screens, ceilings, and finishes, and the internal layouts were altered. A new server room was installed on level five, and new walls were created to allow for the installation of new AV equipment.

To prevent disturbance to the staff and students occupying Aspect Court, much of the work was carried out during the summer break. Access for the site team to the 5th and 6th floors was via an external hoist for goods and operatives, allowing these floors to be effectively sealed, containing dust and debris, and reducing noise.

As access to site was restricted with only deliveries permitted to enter the compound. Delivery vehicles were required to offload at Pond Hill or enter and turn in the site compound and drive out.

The Impact:

The site team completed the project early, with zero defects and soft landings utilised to close out minor issues. Sheffield Hallam University were extremely pleased with the result and praised the site team and the high-quality finish, and were able to occupy the building a week earlier than originally planned.

In addition, the project received a Considerate Constructors score of 42, with the site team’s collaboration with the university and corporate social responsibility contribution praised.

" On-site management by both Gareth and Josh was pro-active, with solutions appreciated by Sheffield Hallam University. Construction delivery was good and helps to remove the burden from the university's estates team. "
Chris Dales Senior Project Manager Sheffield Hallam University

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