Student accommodation has become very high profile over recent years and the Greenbank project for the University of Liverpool was certainly one of the bigger ones. The Kimpton team delivered a broad range of mechanical, electrical and plumbing services to a large-scale project within a tight 16-month project. We also added additional value by sourcing alternative equipment to that specified by the design consultant in order to reduce cost but maintain the high standard of finish.
The end user client for this project was The University of Liverpool. The main contractor overseeing the project was the University’s in-house construction company, ULCCO Special Projects Ltd, to whom Kimpton were a subcontractor. Kimpton have previously completed work on other projects for this client in the past couple of years.
The Greenbank Student Village is a new development over 2 phases for the University of Liverpool just outside the city centre. Phase 1 consists of a village of almost 500 en-suite bedrooms in two blocks, a gym and social spaces. The construction company were looking for a sub-contractor to deliver all of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations within a tight timescale to enable students to move in for the new academic year.
The design consultant for the project had specified a range of fittings for the installation which Kimpton evaluated and priced up. Through a significant piece of value engineering work, Kimpton was able to suggest and, with the agreement of the design consultant, source a number of more cost-effective alternatives to items including light fittings and radiators which saved the University money while still meeting the style and functional criteria.
The range of work included:
Kimpton’s experience in managing student living projects enabled them to deliver a high quality of work in a short space of time in difficult circumstances. During the peak periods of the project, there were upto 80 Kimpton operatives on site.
With so many trades on site at the same time, coordination is critical to success. Daily meetings with other contractors including kitchen fitters, painters and plasterboard contractors were necessary to ensure that everyone could achieve their goals safely and on time.
Through the initial effort put into value engineering at the planning stage, Kimpton were able to save the University a significant amount of money on sourcing a range of alternative equipment manufacturers without compromising on quality, which ultimately kept the whole project on budget.
Kimpton delivered a broad range of mechanical, electrical and plumbing services to a large-scale project within a tight 16 month project. The team’s experience of coordinating with many other trades contributed to the smooth running of a successful project.