Sanctuary Housing


Sanctuary Student, as a subsidiary of Sanctuary Housing, embarked on an extensive repair and refurbishment programme to upgrade a number of its student accommodation villages, including Marybone Student Village. Located in the centre of Liverpool, its three adjacent buildings accommodate 816 students in 4, 5 and 6 bedroom furnished flats.

What we did

 We were contracted by Sanctuary Housing to upgrade Marybone Student Village whilst the occupying students had vacated for the summer months.Internal refurbishment covered complete redecoration, including carpet floor coverings to the flats, kitchens, wet rooms/shower rooms, all associated plumbing works, electrical works, mastic works, electrical lighting services and associated remedial works. The upgrades were intended to renew worn components and give the residencies a clean, fresh appearance in time for the students returning for the new term. 

As the project progressed additional works were added including:

  • Deep clean  
  • Additional painting works
  • Provision and installation of furnishings 
  • Various remedial repairs and cosmetic upgrades

As an added dimension, the decision to refurbish Marybone was made by Sanctuary Housing well into the summer break, resulting in a much shortened contract period - just 5 weeks- and consequently we had to program challenges around:

  • Access - The site remained fully operational throughout the period of the contract with many students remaining in residency, so measures were taken to minimise disruption to the student residents. We posted notices of working hours throughout common areas informing students when to expect minor disruptions. 
  • Storage solutions - Issues with planning meant that no provisions were put in place by the client to allow for the storage of existing furnishings for the duration of the works. To avoid removing the furnishing entirely from the building, our site team made provisions to allow works to continue either around the furniture or to have it shifted in rotation. 
  • Existing conditions.

The condition of residencies meant that we had to carry out a deep clean to improve sanitation levels before works could be apportioned to our operatives and subcontractors. As the project came to an end, a second deep clean readied the residency for reoccupation.

To meet the deadline set by the client, our site team worked to an extremely tight programme to begin with and the programme was then restricted further to allow for the above planning difficulties. To ensure the contract was completed to a high standard, within the time available, our site team worked extended hours in the evenings, in addition to works continuing over the weekends.

The Results

We successfully completed this tight and complex programme on time and to a very high standard. In the words of the client:

“I’m very pleased with the job you have done for us, very professional considering the short notice you received to mobilise; you've done a fantastic job.” — Chris Boyle, Operations Manager, Sanctuary Maintenance

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