VALUE: £600,000
LOCATION: Portsmouth, Bournemouth, and Bristol
DURATION: 3 months

Student accommodation refurbishment project – almost 1,000 bedrooms over three student residences

We completed an extensive contract to refurbish three student residences all managed by Unite Students.

Working with Unite

Over the course of the summer, we refurbished student accommodation which included redecoration and flooring works to almost 1000 bedrooms, as well as shared and communal areas within Unite’s student accommodation across three cities in the UK – Portsmouth, Bournemouth, and Bristol.

An award-winning student accommodation provider for 25 years, Unite Students has an impressive property portfolio spanning 28 cities and houses over 50,000 students per year.

Dedicated to providing safe, secure and welcoming accommodation, it was imperative that Unite’s properties were completed to a high standard on this time-sensitive project.

The Refurbishment Project

We began work on both the James Watson Halls in Portsmouth and Marketgate accommodation in Bristol during June 2016 and Purbeck House in Bournemouth from July.  The refurbishments took place over the peak summer period to ensure students were not disrupted during exam season.

With the students due to return to their accommodation between September and October, Novus faced a daunting timescale in which to complete the extensive works. Work was completed on schedule, however, with all refurbishments completed by September 2016.

Ray Fielder, operations manager for Novus, who oversaw the Unite refurbishments in Bournemouth and Portsmouth said:

“Winning the contract to update three student properties for such a high-profile accommodation provider is testament to the standard of work that we have carried out for Unite in the past. All three projects were completed in less than three months which, although challenging, was made easier by Novus’ organised and effective allocation of resources to meet the client’s expectations.

“We hope that the rejuvenated facilities and décor help students living in the Unite properties to enjoy and get the most out of their university experience and we look forward to working with Unite again in the future!”

Stephen Baldwin, estates project manager for Unite said:

“Due to the high volume of works and short time frame of the project it was important to have strategically placed partners to carry the works out to a high standard in a timely manner with a well-managed team on the ground.”

Novus was exactly what we were looking for in a partner – the team worked with us to plan each project and delivered the right quality within the right time frames. We hope to build on our relationship with Novus and look forward to working with the team in the future!

Stephen Baldwin, estates project manager for Unite

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