The project: High end, 140-bed luxury student accommodation was planned for 88 Bromsgrove Street, in the heart of Birmingham’s Chinese Quarter. Part of a major redevelopment of the city’s central area, the brownfield site was to provide quality ensuite rooms for students attending any one of the city’s universities.
The brief: Seven storeys of accommodation and communal space needed to be built over a transfer deck platform, with allowances to be made to wrap the exterior of the building in brick slip cladding, to enhance its overall aesthetic appearance and thermal performance. With a tight build programme and restricted site access, main contractor Shaylor Group selected Fusion as a reliable offsite manufacturer, to ensure works would be completed on time.
Challenges faced: In addition to operating at a busy city centre location with limited access and no on-site storage, Fusion was faced with last minute design changes, such as the inclusion of an air handling unit (AHU).
The solution: Thanks to the establishment of a fully integrated supply chain right from the start of the project, Fusion’s works were completed on time and without hitch. Pre-contract meeting with Shaylor Group and all others involved were critical to achieving this, and the principles of ‘just in time’ deliveries were employed and coordinated with follow-on trades.