Mansell to commence works on £35m student accommodation scheme

Mansell Finishes is due to commence structural framing and associated on-site works at the Norton Street student accommodation scheme in Liverpool. Appointed by Main Contractor Create Construction following a competitive tender, Mansell will be on-site in July 2018 with their involvement on the project due to be completed in May 2019.

Located within the Knowledge Quarter of the Islington district of Liverpool, the scheme is conveniently located 400 metres from both the Liverpool John Moores University and The University of Liverpool campuses. The building will house 783 beds and includes social areas, a gym, laundry and ground floor retail units across three blocks of eight, 11 and 15 storeys.

Worth almost £3m to the company, Mansell’s works will include the installation of 6,700m2 of SFS infill built onsite. The company will also complete 32,000m2 of partition walls and linings, 17,500m2 of MF ceilings and 90,000m2 of skimming.

Mansell has worked closely with long-term trading partners Metsec and British Gypsum to review the performance criteria of the Metframe, walls and ceilings. Due to the company’s experience with the materials, Mansell will value engineer large sections of the external and internal works and provide the most economical solutions, whilst maintaining the strict building control requirements in terms of acoustics, thermal and fire regulations, with 90 and 120 minute requirements for the latter.

With a tight city centre location and due to the size of the building footprint, there will be little space for the storage of materials and waste. This will require Mansell to deliver materials and remove waste using just-in-time logistics methods.

Mike Foy, Commercial Director at Mansell Finishes comments: “Close and collaborative working with all the key parties was vital during the design phase to ensure that we are able to deliver a ‘full system’ manufacturer specification once on-site to meet the strict building conditions while providing a cost effective solution. This was possible as we maintain strong working partnerships with the key manufacturers and distributors in the industry. This means that, despite tough competition from the offers of ‘hybrid’ systems from competitors, which on the surface may appear to offer immediate cost benefits but may pose future issues in terms of technical support, we have managed to maintain full OEM systems on this scheme.”