£1million programme of university projects delivered locally

Construction company Woodhead has reached the end of its £1 million programme of improvement works for the University of Lincoln – in just three months! The project, to refurbish facilities on the University campus, has included work renovating several key buildings.

Refurbishment was designed to improve the staff and student experience at the University. Projects included:

• The refurbishment of the facilities within the Art and Design building, with the first and fourth floors undergoing a full refurbishment taking around 12 weeks in total

• The conversion of the former complementary medicine clinic into office spaces in Bridge House.

• The installation of new ventilation systems in the Psychology department of the Minerva Building.

• The installation of decking on the veranda of The Shed (Students’ Union venue)

• Statutory fireproofing works were completed in the Media, Humanities and Technology building.

The £1million phased programme of projects was procured through the East Midlands Property Alliance (EMPA ii) Minor Works Framework agreement and as a result Woodhead committed to keep as much of the spend as local as possible. The projects, although completed in the summer also involved working around staff and students who remained on site over the holidays.

Woodhead has been able to ensure that 80% of the labour and subcontractor spend has been within 20 miles of the university campus.

Local subcontractors have included firms such as Selmec who have carried out the mechanical and electrical works on the project and have been a valued part of the project team.

Woodhead is a contractor partner on the empa ii Minor Works Construction Framework in Lincolnshire. This framework, and other key contracts have seen the company achieve significant growth across the county and the East Midlands as a whole. Woodhead has delivered previous works for the University of Lincoln including a dry laboratory and laboratory preparation rooms.

Lindsey Franklin, Quantity Surveyor for Woodhead, said: “We carried out the bulk of the refurbishment works over the summer months to minimise the impact on campus. We have been delighted to have completed all the works on time and enhance the Lincolnshire economy by sourcing a specialist local supply chain.”

Head of empa Alan Coole said: “The refurbished facilities at the University of Lincoln are outstanding and testament to the success of the new empa ii framework. The project has given a boost to the construction industry in Lincoln, as many local contractors and suppliers have been involved. The empa ii framework contracts ensure services for the public sector are delivered quickly, to a high standard and provide value for money.”

Pictured: L-R Lindsey Franklin, QS, Robert Woodhead Limited, Kevin MacDonald, University of Lincoln and Juliet Slater, Team Leader, Robert Woodhead Limited