Brymec gains top marks for landmark university accommodation project
Brymec copper press and valve systems have been supplied, along with technical guidance, to equip the plant room of a 550 room student accommodation block with a robust, high-performance water supply system.
Bournemouth University is increasing its student intake and range of facilities as part of its BU2025 investment strategy. Brymec was appointed by mechanical and electrical engineers, William Coates, to supply product and technical expertise on the construction of the landmark £31 million Bailey Point student accommodation development.
The modern student accommodation, located at the heart of the university’s Lansdowne Campus, will home 550 students in clusters of ensuite bedroom apartments and studio flats, all served by full modern kitchen and communal areas.
The challenge facing the project consultants and contractors was to complete the development ready for a new intake of students to the university for the Autumn 2019 semester, placing the project on a strict schedule.
The unusual shape of the development site, within a constrained location, also had to be negotiated through the shrewd selection of products and systems that could adapt to the requirements of the project.
Brymec was selected to supply systems and provide technical expertise for the construction of the 14-storey building’s primary plant room, which serves all 550 bedrooms and communal areas.
The Brymec Copper Press system of pipe fittings was selected to provide the on-site contractors with the ability to perform multiple aspects of the plant room install at the same time. The two-point press system on each fitting removes the need for more time-intensive jointing methods to be used.
In addition, Brymec Cast Iron Valves were used throughout the system installed by the William Coates team, while WRAS approved, full bore Brymec Lever Ball Valves were fitted to help the building facilities management team maintain and control the finished water supply system.
Throughout the duration of the project the onsite team at William Coates was able to liaise with Brymec’s dedicated project manager to ensure the on-time delivery of components and products to Bailey Point as the development took shape.
The overall project was managed by specialist developer, McLeer & Rushe, with the topping out ceremony in February 2019.
Lyndon Fielder, Account Manager, Brymec
“Bailey Point is Bournemouth Unversity’s flagship student development, with its modern design, layout and facilities providing the new residents with the most communal space available on campus, including a roof terrace and free gym.
“We have worked with William Coates on several projects and we were confident our close working relationship would allow us to deliver best-suited products and technical expertise to provide the most advantageous project solution within the tight timescales.”
Dominic McGuigan, Site Engineer, William Coates:
“Working with a partner that is easy to contact, easy to deal with and responsive is so important to the success of project like this. Throughout the build of the plant room we were impressed by the quality of the products and materials supplied by the Brymec team.
“The delivery plan put in place worked very well, ensuring my team could continue to meet its deadlines throughout the project.”
“I’ve enjoyed working the Brymec team, and knowing that if there was an issue there was an available point of contact there to solve it provided great reassurance.”