Robinson College, Cambridge

Robinson College, Cambridge

As experienced commercial builders, we were pleased to have been granted the contract for a significant 12 week project at Robinson College in Cambridge. Robinson College was founded in 1979 and is set in beautiful landscaped gardens and our project was spread over 4 locations all of which had to be completed within 9 weeks.

As the main contractor, we formed four separate teams to cover the work at each of the locations:

1A Sylvester is an accommodation block and we were contracted to refurbish:

  •  24 rooms, which included 9 bathrooms and 7 kitchens
  • Replace all windows and doors
  • A full electrical upgrade including LED lighting with new sockets and switches
  •  An up to date IT system giving each student access to superfast broadband.

D Block, another accommodation block, needed major structural alterations in order to allow:

  • The installation of 6 bathroom pods, resulting in each bedroom having its own en-suite bathroom
  • An electrical upgrade including re-wiring, LED lights, new sockets and switches
  •  A new IT installation giving each student access to superfast broadband
  • 14 bathrooms
  • 20 bedrooms
  • 2 shared kitchens

Adams Rd was a less complex project and needed:

  • New windows throughout, to replace the old aluminium ones
  • Creation of a 180m2 sun terrace at the rear of the building.

3A Sylvester is another accommodation block which simply needed:

  • A complete re-roof

In addition to these 4 main projects, there were some smaller jobs that needed taking care of, including:

  • The installation of a disabled access ramp to the conference room at the rear of the main college building
  • A new bin store, wall, fencing and tarmac.

With projects like this, it’s essential to maintain a flexible workforce and to react to challenges promptly. With such a short timescale, planning and organisation was key; there was no time to waste and our sub-contractors needed to be reliable and reactive in order for us to dovetail the different trades to maximise available time.

Throughout the project, the college remained operational, so we were sure to minimise disruption at all times. We are all CRB checked, but as we were working around adults, this wasn’t required.

Our reputation as reliable, good commercial builders has been built over more than a hundred years and that, along with our competitive pricing ensured that we won this contract. We’re proud to have worked on the largest construction project that Robinson College have ever initiated.

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