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.
"Hutchinson’s are without out doubt one of the best firms (of builders) I have ever dealt with. They are very thorough, their staff are excellent, and they are very focused on quality. The close involvement of Martin West and Robert Hutchinson made sure that no details were left unattended and Peter Dolling’s very close and hands-on management of the project gives great confidence that everything aspect of the job gets finished to a high standard. They have been a pleasure to work with and I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them."
"The Gamlingay Eco Hub – A terrific use of space bringing the whole community together. Superb finish and attention to detail."
"Thanks to Hutchinsons building the Eco Hub so well, the Eco Hub has just been entered for another national award, this time by SCAMBS District Council themselves. The LABC Award is for Building Excellence and is all about the essence of good buildings shown from a construction and technical building control point of view. As an architect, I am not surprised that Hutchinsons are starting to win national recognition for high quality construction. Here’s hoping we win this one too."
Mark Brandon, RSPB
"The wall at the entrance has been rebuilt and widened, the shop has a much needed new storage area and there is a much larger and welcoming Visitor Reception building to meet and greet visitors."
"G&S Hutchinson provided a very helpful, flexible and friendly service under difficult circumstances with Huntingdon Bus Station remaining operational whilst the works were being carried out."
Harrogate Civic Society Judging Panel
"Achieving the seemingly impossible task of bringing the building back into use without damaging any of the historic features which make this building part of Harrogate’s heritage."