Shouksmiths and Morfitts working again with Unite

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Shouksmiths and Morfitts working again with Unite

Shouksmiths and Morfitts have been selected to deliver a £500,000 ‘complete package’ building services contract for the UK’s leading student accommodation provider Unite at Arch Bar, Manchester.

Working with main contractor Shepherd Construction, this is the third project the company has worked on for Unite, following the successful completion of The Plaza and Concept House developments in Leeds.

The five storey, timber framed building will provide 119 rooms for students at Manchester’s universities as well as parking and a cycle storage area. Shouksmiths and Morfitts will be installing the full range of M&E services to the building, including lighting, emergency lighting, fire alarm, small power, CCTV and door entry systems. Also included in the project is the installation of ventilation, hot and cold water above ground drainage, an air source heat pump assisted hot water system and a low light loss external light scheme, all of which help with the buildings’ BREAAM rating.

Paul Baldwin, Morfitts’ divisional director, said, ‘Our ‘complete package’ service enables us to deliver a skilled and fully integrated team, providing one point of contact for the client and a seamless approach to the whole project. This, coupled with our experience on the two previous Unite projects, and our positive attitude with all parties including the main contractor and other subcontractors, is proving invaluable to the successful completion of the Arch Bar contract.’

Colin Sargeant, Shepherd Construction’s managing director for the East Division commented, ‘We’re pleased to be working with Shouksmiths and Morfitts especially as the company has the level of experience within the university sector that will ensure the right quality of building services are delivered.’

The £4m scheme is due for completion in July 2011.

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