Royal Holloway
University of London


DWSS were fundamental in finding solutions to the inherent complications of delivering such a challenging scheme within a short period of time.


Construction Project Manager
Royal Holloway University of London

royal holloway university

VALUE: £2.2 million


DURATION: 8 weeks (2 weeks ahead of programme)

Complete refurbishment of student accommodation including the renewal of M&E infrastructure, doors, vanity units, ceilings, , carpets, flooring, and new communal kitchens and bathrooms . Complete FRA, rewire, a new door entry/security and alarm system along with a new energy efficient heating and lighting system.

Refurbishment of student accomodation

Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) faced an impossible challenge after necessary asbestos removal work left 139 bedrooms and communal facilities uninhabitable and in need of occupation in the following academic year as essential accommodation for students. RHUL needed a contractor to ensure delivery of all works in tight timescales or faced the prospect of escalating costs and decanting students to hotel accommodation in the autumn term.

We deployed a large multi-skilled workforce including four different mechanical and electrical contractors to complete floor by floor electrical works. A dedicated health and safety team was appointed to be on site at all times to manage the 161 operatives who were on site daily to complete the works. Works were phased to target the critical path of completing the bedrooms and communal facilities in the eight-week holidays, whilst the boiler installation in the plant room took place following the start of term.

We were recognised for best practice in the communal catering and dining room design.

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