Rapid Delivery of Teesside University Cornell Quarter

01 November 2020

Rapid Delivery of Teesside University Cornell Quarter

Last month saw the first students residing at Teesside’s University’ recently completed £21m Cornell Quarter accommodation.

The accommodation has been delivered within an incredibly tight programme of 2 years from the very first sketches produced by Napper Architects in October 2018. It is testament to what can be achieved in a such a short period when Client, Design Team, and Contractor work collaboratively together. The successful delivery of the Construction part of the works also had to work around the additional pressures from the impact of COVID-19.

A clear brief was given by the University at the outset which enabled Napper to table options early in the process at the client workshops. The options were considered and rapidly developed into a set of proposals that could be tabled with the Planning Authority to enable early consultation. A constructive relationship was then developed with the Planning Officer that enabled the design and accompanying information to be commissioned and submitted in good time. In tandem with the planning determination construction methodologies were discussed with the Contractor; Wates, who led the Team from the outset this added value and construction expertise early in the project. By the time Planning Approval was achieved in March 2019 the Design had been developed significantly with structural and services input from BGP and Desco respectively to enable a BIM environment to be created. Client engagement continued to offer constructive input without straying from the end goal. Due to the pre-construction input from the Contractor, Wates were able to commence site works in April 2019 and enable a 16month programme to commence. Napper Architects and the Design Team were hugely proud to get the Project to site within 6 months from inception. The Construction programme that Wates achieved was also nothing short of remarkable with Napper Architects as Lead Designer ably responding to issues that arose.

The completed building accommodates 300 ensuite rooms that are arranged in 48 clusters with shared contemporary living spaces that are ultimately centred around a new communal landscaped courtyard. The stepped form of the building responds to the larger University buildings to the west and the lower residential streets to the east. Communal facilities include a gym, laundry, movie room, and study area, all providing excellent facilities creating a vibrant central hub. A BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ has been achieved for the building with an EPC rating of ‘A’. Modern methods of construction and offsite fabrication were used to enhance the programme delivery.

‘Cornell Quarter provides a first-class facility for students at the heart of the campus environment’
Malcolm Page, Chief Operating Officer Teesside University.

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