Cambridge Student Accommodation Makes Good Progress

Pickstock Construction’s student accommodation scheme in Cambridge is making great progress with the envelope of the building almost complete.

The scheme which has benefited from an off-site building solution from associated company Elements Europe saw all 98 room modules installed in just 4 weeks.

The brick laying team will have completed the envelope of the building in a weeks’ time and the roof is finished ready to be slated.

Internally corridors are being plastered and painted, and the carpet is shortly to be laid in corridors over some floors.

Once the scaffolding has been dismantled work can start on the green roof to encourage vegetation growth, a special feature of the building which helps it fit into the areas green surroundings.

The room modules were installed over 4 weeks, a process which has become second nature to the Pickstock Construction team having worked with Elements Europe on a number of projects.  Timing and efficiency was crucial on this scheme due to the proximity of the site to a busy junction, and for that reason an off-site solution was perfect, reducing the number of trades going in and out of the site. It did however mean that a strict module installation programme was implemented.

David Malkin Site Manager commented “Our aim on this project was to make as little disruption as possible to the busy junction in which the site resides.”

“We had to make sure that a meticulous schedule was in place to ensure we kept on track with the lifting and installation of the modules, and I am pleased to say that everything went very smoothly.” David added

“Once complete the accommodation will be operated by the UK’s leading student accommodation operator CRM students. There will be 75 studio rooms and 23 en-suite rooms available to rent to Cambridge University students. The building also offers communal space under a large atrium and retail units on the ground floor”.