Part of a £45m regeneration project for Birmingham's historic Gun Quarter, Globe Works was planned as a new 520-bed student accommodation project on Cliveden Street. Its construction would provide accommodation for Birmingham's growing student population, together with amenities such as a gym, study centre, convenience store and coffee shop.
Working as an established supply chain partner for D W Hicks, we were asked to design, manufacture and erect the superstructure, including all load-bearing light gauge steel walls, floor cassettes and incorporated hot rolled steel for the two block, five and 10-storey development. The total project build time was two years and our part of the works was scheduled for completion in just under nine months.
Having worked with Leicestershire contractor D W Hicks before, we had already developed a consolidated supply chain structure. This meant we could ensure the continual development of design and construction principles, to maximise the use of the Fusion system.
With all design work complete and walls and floors manufactured at our facility in Northampton, we started on site in November 2017. Thanks to careful construction planning and the benefit of an integrated supply chain, we were able to enjoy a streamlined build programme, installed on site by just eight of our experienced personnel.
We completed our works on time, by August 2018. And, we left site knowing the remaining building works would benefit from our design and engineering - having a pre-insulated structure, M&E positionings pre-cut and accurately located openings for doors and windows.
"Globe Works is the second student accommodation contract we've awarded to Fusion and once again they worked well with us, delivering their works on time and to our complete satisfaction. Student accommodation projects typically run to tight timescales so Fusion's offsite system is an ideal solution. I look forward to delivering more projects with Fusion in the future, as our two companies continue to work in collaboration."