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University House Morgan Sindall

University House, University of Birmingham


Value: £18M

Type: New build & Refurbishment

Partner: Morgan Sindall

University House is a four-storey, 34,000sqft extension to the University of Birmingham’s Business School. This state-of-the-art annexe to the grade II listed ‘University House’ included a large phase of refurbishment works to the historic building.

Working on a tight site situated between the existing Business School and King Edwards School, Morgan Sindall worked sensitively around the academic calendar. Weekly briefings with Business School leaders helped schedule programmes of work, and bespoke acoustic hoarding protected lecture plans for the campus. Innovative apps like ‘DataScape’ were used to track and book just-in-time logistics activity around the campus.

The large frame solution presented the team with an eight-week delay caused by external bottle necks but proactive work with the supply chain meant that, inside a week, the team had secured a 300t crawler crane that was able to begin erection immediately.

Part of the scheme included a major refurbishment of the existing grade II listed building and the team worked closely with the University and conservation officers to ensure the careful protection of the historic fabric whilst also scheduling work around academic timetables.

Although the focus on quality meant a very specific palette of materials, the team was still able to achieve market- leading social value targets.

Kevin Small of the University of Birmingham comments:This is the best experience I’ve had on any project I’ve worked on. The team were friendly and genuinely had the university’s interest at heart. They took responsibility for the entire project – not just their part of the project. This approach meant the site team looked out for each other and made sure things got done.”

Project highlights
  • Delivered on time and in budget , 100% snag free
  • Scored 10/10 for customer satisfaction
  • 96% of spend made locally
  • 6% of spend made with SMEs
  • Local social value investment of £43,134,00

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