HE Simm, one of the UK’s leading MEP providers, has successfully completed its part in the delivery of Westfield Court – a £97m student residential development at the University of Hull.
The project – a former car park on the edge of the site – is home to 1,462 rooms. With a mix of affordable room types, Westfield Court promotes the development of a strong student network and enhances the student experience through high-quality residential and social spaces, along with flexible formal and informal space delivering optimal study environments.
The vibrant new quarter – linked to the main University campus – comprises nine blocks arranged around a central plaza.
Full design and build MEP services along with the use of offsite manufacturing techniques were utilised by main contractor VINCI Construction UK and end client UPP, the UK’s leading provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure. The contract saw HE Simm deliver work on the separate buildings – all fed from one main energy centre.
Nigel Plant, Contracts Manager for VINCI Construction UK, comments on HE Simm’s involvement:
“In 33 years, I have never come across a company as good or as focused on customer care and collaborative working.
“HE Simm stood shoulder to shoulder with us, which made for a fantastic project all round.”
Ian Bruce, Business Unit Director for HE Simm in Manchester, also comments: “We have a long-standing relationship with VINCI and playing our part in the delivery of the scheme for UPP at the University of Hull will only add to this very successful relationship.
“The student village is a fantastic development and one we are proud to have been involved in – I hope that students will be happy in their new environment for many years to come.”
The Westfield Court development forms part of the University’s £300 million investment programme to deliver an exceptional student experience including new on-campus accommodation, improved sports facilities, strengthened student services and enhanced online learning resources.
HE Simm asks customers for feedback at various stages of its project delivery. It is also awarded one overall score at the completion phase. Its work on the UPP scheme resulted in an overall delivery score of 9.07 out of ten.