The project involved the construction of new student accommodation for Newcastle University to deliver 350 new bed spaces on a heavily constrained site close to the city centre. This involved the construction of three new build blocks in addition to the extensive refurbishment of the adjacent Edwardian Kensington Terrace.
Fairhurst recommended the use of a Light Gauge Steel (LGS) structural framing system for the new build blocks built from a hot rolled steel frame podium at first floor level. The LGS structural solution proved the most economical and was a significant factor leading to Graham Construction winning the project.
Fairhurst carried out all the structural design on the new build elements of the project including the design of the LGS frame on behalf of the LGS frame provider, Icarus.
The project involved the extensive refurbishment of the Edwardian Kensington Terrace. Fairhurst carried out an extensive assessment of the existing structure including a number of intrusive surveys and recommended extensive remedial / strengthening works to Graham Construction.
Fairhurst multi-disciplinary design team assisted Graham Construction to win the project through Competitive Tender and then assisted in delivered the project to programme and budget.