Greenwich students dig their new Halls after major upgrades
Date: October 11, 2017 10:14
University provides facelift to grade II listed building and introduces more disabled access rooms
Students at the University of Greenwich have welcomed significant restoration work at their halls of residence; which has offered new and improved facilities, while introducing more bespoke housing for those with disabilities.
The university enlisted Keepmoat Regeneration – part of the ENGIE Group and leading provider of energy and regeneration services across Great Britain – to help ‘future proof’ its student accommodation and make key upgrades. The project was even completed early to allow for the wardrobes, bed frames and soft furnishings to be installed prior to the new students arriving for the first term.
The 12 week programme saw Keepmoat Regeneration deliver new doors, bathroom upgrades, re-writing and plumbing, kitchen refurbs and flooring at Devonport House and Cutty Sark Hall. In total, 42 en-suite student bedrooms, five communal kitchens, 2 staircases and associated corridors were fully refurbished.
Greenwich Campus is located in the Old Royal Naval College area and its largest campus includes three baroque, Grade II listed buildings surrounded by what UNESCO inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1997.
Keepmoat Regeneration also worked with the university to design more improved and accessible DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) accommodation, which would support students with specialist mobility or care needs, to live more independently. A new DDA kitchen was also installed for these students, which incorporated carefully selected appliances, including an up-down oven.
Felicita Cantone, 19, a Business and Management student who just moved in to one of the new DDA accommodations, said: “The bedroom and common kitchen perfectly suit my needs – from automatic doors and a large accessible shower, to the height adjustable kitchen worktop and sink. I’m completely independent and I can do my washing up and cooking without any support from other people. It’s just perfect.”
Ady Fisher, Contracts Manager for Keepmoat Regeneration, said: “This was a unique project and we’re delighted to have improved the students’ comfort and wellbeing. The University have shown a remarkable commitment to their students and invested heavily to ensure they have the best facilities. It’s fantastic to hear that Felicita, among other students, are happy with the finished product.
“This was also interesting work from an architectural point of view, as working in a grade listed building always requires a great level of attention and flexibility. We have significant experience in this arena and we’re really proud of the finished product.”
Ben Vallins, project and technical surveyor for the University of Greenwich, said: “Keepmoat Regeneration team were very professional and friendly, their staff worked well and the site managers kept stakeholders updated.”
Tom Thompson, Scheme Manager for Cutty Sark Halls & Devonport House, said: “Following the completion of the refurbishment works over the summer, I'm very happy with the outcome and quality of work carried out. Keepmoat Regeneration were very professional with excellent communication throughout the project.”