UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK – LAKESIDE STUDENT ACCOMMODATION REFURBISHMENT

Total Regen worked with University of Warwick to undertake a 10-week, fast-track refurbishment project across its Lakeside House Student Accommodation scheme.

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Project details:

Client:  J Tomlinson 

Team:  Total Group

Type: Refurbishment

Location: Warwick

Project value: £4.8m

Procurement: Competitive Tender

Project Overview

During the summer of 2019, Total Regen had the honor of being appointed to undertake a comprehensive £4.8m refurbishment scheme at Warwick’s Lakeside House student accommodation. This ambitious project involved the renovation of 304 bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, along with the revitalization of the accompanying communal areas.

The scope of the refurbishment works encompassed various aspects of the building’s infrastructure. One of the key tasks was the rewiring of the electrical system, ensuring the safety and efficiency of the accommodation. Additionally, mechanical containment works were carried out to optimize the functionality of the building’s mechanical systems.

Another crucial aspect of the project was the replacement of emergency lighting, which plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of the students residing in Lakeside House. Total Regen also took charge of replacing the carpets, enhancing the overall comfort and aesthetics of the living spaces.

The refurbishment scheme also included the renovation of the shower rooms, offering students a modern and pleasant bathing experience. The installation of new fire alarm systems was a priority to guarantee the highest level of safety for the residents. Furthermore, Total Regen took care of the data cabling, ensuring a seamless and efficient connectivity experience for the students.

As part of the refurbishment project, Total Regen also focused on refreshing the internal decorations of Lakeside House. This involved painting and other cosmetic enhancements to create a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere for the students.

Commitment to Excellence

At Total Regen, we take immense pride in our commitment to delivering excellence in every project we undertake. The Lakeside House refurbishment scheme was no exception. Our team of experienced professionals worked diligently to ensure that every aspect of the project was executed to the highest standards.

We understand the importance of creating a comfortable and conducive living environment for students. With this in mind, we employed our expertise and attention to detail to transform the accommodation into a place where students can thrive academically and socially.

Collaboration and Communication

Throughout the project, Total Regen fostered a culture of collaboration and open communication. We worked closely with the stakeholders, including the management team at Warwick’s Lakeside House, to understand their specific requirements and expectations.

By maintaining regular and transparent communication channels, we ensured that all parties involved were informed about the progress of the refurbishment works. This allowed for timely decision-making and efficient problem-solving, resulting in a successful outcome.

Quality and Safety

At Total Group, quality and safety are of paramount importance. We adhere to rigorous industry standards and regulations to guarantee the highest level of quality in our workmanship. Our team of skilled professionals undergoes regular training to stay up-to-date with the latest practices and techniques.

During the Lakeside House refurbishment project, we implemented stringent safety measures to ensure the well-being of our workers and the residents. We conducted thorough risk assessments and followed strict protocols to minimize any potential hazards.

Conclusion

The successful completion of the £4.8m refurbishment scheme at Warwick’s Lakeside House student accommodation is a testament to Total Group’s expertise and dedication to delivering exceptional results. We are proud to have played a part in enhancing the living experience for the students and contributing to the overall improvement of the facility.

With our unwavering commitment to excellence, collaboration, and safety, Total Group continues to be a trusted partner for refurbishment projects of various scales and complexities. Contact us today to discuss how we can assist you in achieving your vision.

The Total Group Solutions

10-week programme

All works were undertaken during the summer period whilst student accommodation was temporarily vacant. It was critical that the scheme was completed in time for the arrival of students in time for the new academic year, which was made possible by excellent communication between all parties, uncompromising health and safety standards, as well as the project team’s familiarity with all areas of the university’s campus.

Collaborative decision-making

During week 4 of the programme, we discovered that the design intent of the flooring and ceiling was significantly different to actual conditions. Upon discovery, we quickly employed an additional Site Manager and utilised split shifts (working both AM and PM) to accommodate revised ceiling and floor construction details. We also called upon the resources of specialist subcontractors Park Ceiling Ltd to protect the programme and ensure the project was completed on time.

Tried-and-tested supply chain

Having previously undertaken comprehensive refurbishment works across multiple areas of the university, Total Regen was able to call upon the same tried-and-tested subcontractors and merchants as before. This was instrumental in easing co-ordination of activity on site, with up to 130 operatives on site during peak times.

The project was completed both on time and budget and to a high-quality finish, ready for students to inhabit in September.

PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS

ON TIME AND BUDGET DELIVERY – the project was completed both on time and budget and to a high-quality finish, ready for students to inhabit in September

TRIED-AND-TESTED SUPPLY CHAIN – having previously undertaken comprehensive refurbishment works across multiple areas of the university, Total Group was able to call upon the same tried-and-tested subcontractors and merchants as before

EXCELLENT CO-ORDINATION – during the project, there were up to 130 operatives on site during peak times. As principal contractor, Total Group ensured sound co-ordination and efficiency of all parties via regular, transparent communication, comprehensive risk management and health and safety audits, and continuous programme reviews

ENSURING MINIMAL DISRUPTION – whilst student accommodation buildings across campus were vacant throughout the refurbishment scheme, other areas of the university were still live, with graduate events and conferences taking place during the summer. Total Group ensured minimal disruption to the university’s continued operations and planned activities via careful programming, considerate parking and traffic management, and clear signage of works

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