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Lake District student accommodation planned off-site

Off-site construction has helped to accelerate the delivery of new high quality student accommodation in Ambleside, Cumbria

Posted by Hannah Oakman | October 09, 2016 | Facilities

UK regeneration and construction specialist, Keepmoat has worked closely with the University of Cumbria to develop a bespoke design and utilise off-site manufacturing to deliver 11 bed and two 8- bedroom town houses, which will house 71 students.

To minimise local disruption, Keepmoat opted to use Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) which reduces on-site labour, minimises on-site disruption; creates safer sites and reduces waste on site, providing lower energy and fuel bills for the end user.

Due to the student accommodation being built in a Lake District National Park Authority conservation area, Keepmoat carried out extensive discussions with the LDNPA and English Heritage.  This has ensured an appropriate choice of materials that is sensitive to both the Ambleside Conservation Area and the existing buildings on campus. Local slate was also used for the roofs render and local wall hung slate to the elevation and roughcast render to hatch existing buildings within the National Park.

Throughout the project Keepmoat used local resources and was able to support four apprentices to gain further experience, all part of the firm’s commitment to support the local economy.

Janet Whitworth, Chief Operating Officer for the University of Cumbria, said: “Keepmoat stepped in during January 2016 to help us deliver this project with extremely tight deadlines as we needed the rooms ready for students arriving in October. I am pleased to say that the experience of working with Keepmoat and the innovative SIPs solution has been hugely positive, and in spite of Storm Desmond we were ready for the students arriving.”

Frank Mondino, area director for Keepmoat in the North West said:“The off-site method enabled us to keep local disruption to a minimum. Additionally, the SIPs panels provided a cost effective, environmentally friendly and labour saving alternative to traditional methods, enabling us to source local products and provide employment and training opportunities for local subcontractors – something which is incredibly important to us.”


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