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Newman University Morgan Sindall

Halls and Sturge, Newman University, Birmingham


Value: £9.9M

Type: New build

Partner: Morgan Sindall

Procured through the Constructing West Midlands Framework, the Halls and Sturge project is located on the outskirts of Birmingham and is part of a masterplan which will allow the university to substantially upgrade their campus facilities.

An important part of the brief was to develop a sustainable development which accommodated the University aspirations of increasing student numbers to over 3,000 full time students. This involves a phased development which will upgrade and expand the teaching facilities and extend and supplement their existing student residences to provide an additional 300 bed spaces.  St Hilda’s atrium and Cofton Hall are the first phases of the masterplan to be implemented.

The student experience sat at the heart of every decision from design refinements which enabled Morgan Sindall to double the number of rooms to technical expertise that protected surrounding buildings just centimetres from the live excavations. Regular open days, site tours and neighbourhood days also ensured the team immersed themselves in the Newman Community.

Over budget and staring adversity in the face, this project nearly didn’t get off the ground, but the collaborative approach adopted helped fine tuning value engineered solutions that saved nearly £1.4m and made the project possible.

Paul Dean, Director of Estates, comments: “The framework we selected was based on collaboration and the team have gelled so well within the Newman community – it’s been collaboration throughout the whole project. The team were never about what was best for Morgan Sindall, they were about what was best for the University and that’s always come out – that’s unique actually.”

Project highlights
  • Delivered five weeks early, within budget and 100% snag free
  • Zero RIDDORS
  • 10/10 under the customer satisfaction KPI
  • Nearly £1.4M cost savings delivered to make the project viable
  • £1900 and 83 volunteer hours donated to community projects
  • Newman and local school students invited on site as a learning experience

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