Mansell on site at 150 student residence in Chester

Mansell Finishes has commenced works at Northgate Studios – a new student accommodation development for Primus Property located in Chester.

The contract, worth over £1.1 million to Mansell Finishes, will see the company install a gross floor area of 3,500m2 of Metsec steel frame at the site on Trafford Street near the city centre. Appointed by Main Contractor Cruden Construction, works will also include 34,000m2 of drylining, almost 4,000m2 of ceilings and over 21,000m2 of plastering.

Mansell Finishes’ involvement in the project will last 34 weeks with the new residences expected to be completed late summer 2018. Once completed, the six-story Northgate Studios development will offer high specification bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and kitchens, modern security, cinema and media rooms plus very fast broadband. Other facilities for students will include cycle storage, group study areas, laundry facilities and a manned reception, all within walking distance of the university and city centre.

From the outset, Mansell Finishes was involved in the design of the development, working closely with the design team including architects Tim Groom Architects. This included recommending a mixture of Metsec Metframe and hot rolled super structure for the large span building.

This is the second time in a year that sees Mansell Finishes working with Cruden Construction on a student accommodation project in Chester following the successful delivery in 2016 of Cityheart’s Northgate Chester development of 117 residences.

Mike Foy, Commercial Director at Mansell Finishes, comments: “With an increasing student population in excess of 19,500, Chester University faces continuous challenges to house its students so this is a vital development for the city. We faced significant competition during the tender process but having worked with Cruden Construction last year on the Cityheart project – one with similar challenges including a tight city centre location and demanding timescales – we had the experience and credentials to prove we could deliver on a project of this nature and scale.”