Multinational infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has awarded the contract to Godfrey Syrett following a competitive tender process.
The North-East-based furniture specialists will be supplying a range of accommodation furniture for the 536-bedroom Foundry Courtyard development on the east side of the city, as well as furnishing communal spaces, offices and reception areas.
Godfrey Syrett has recently launched a dedicated fitted furniture division which works with main contractors in the construction sector on a national level, and has also recently announced the opening of a new dedicated accommodation showroom at its Durham manufacturing site, to showcase its newly designed range, ‘Work, Rest & Play’.
David Hall, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Godfrey Syrett, said: “We are delighted to be working with Balfour Beatty on this exciting new development. Over the last three years we have delivered and installed over 8,000 bedrooms. Given our wealth of experience in this sector, we fully understand the expectations of modern student living.
“Today’s students demand far more than just a bed and a desk – universities must be able to offer modern, innovative and fresh accommodation, with flexible storage and furniture solutions which allow for easy re-configurability and tenant personalisation.
“We will be working in close partnership with the construction team to take the project from design conception through to manufacture and installation to deliver a highly bespoke solution.”
Balfour Beatty began construction of the Foundry Courtyard scheme in November 2015, which comprises two blocks positioned around a central courtyard containing 149 self-contained studios and 387 bedrooms in cluster flats. Completion of the project is expected by spring 2017.
This is Balfour Beatty’s first project for the direct let market as a developer of student accommodation. Balfour Beatty’s developer role includes site purchase, planning, design, construction and operation of the scheme, together with direct letting of the rooms and student management elements.
Phil Dorin, Senior Bid Manager at Balfour Beatty Investments, said: “We chose to work with Godfrey Syrett on the Foundry Courtyard project because of the excellent quality of their products, and the control of the manufacturing and installation process from start to finish.
As our first direct let scheme, we chose Godfrey Syrett due to the strong relationships developed, which gave us the confidence that they were the right company to complete this journey with us.”