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University of Westminster London

Refurbishment of 8,500 sq ft of innovation space at University of Westminster's Cavendish Street Campus, procured via Southern Construction Framework

Project Stats

Duration
10 weeks
Value
£1.6 m
Size
8,500 sq ft
Sector
Education

Project Story

We were appointed to deliver the £1.6M refurbishment for the University of Westminster to provide multi-purpose space for students. The project was procured through the Southern Construction Framework.

Our specialist team refurbished the ground and lower ground floors at the university's building at 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1. The project has delivered 8,500 sq ft of flexible and engaging space across 8 weeks within the building’s CSE Innovation Centre.

The space has been designed to switch use between a 40-seater programming lab with clustered group work areas and an exhibition area for open days, outreach, and other collaborative work. It will also be used to showcase student work, research posters sessions, and presentations, and act as additional meeting space. Computing labs on the ground and lower ground floors were also reconfigured, including upgrades to MEP and lighting.

On the ground floor, three existing rooms have been repurposed to create a new, single, and accessible open plan area for work-based learning, with non-structural walls removed to enlarge the space.

The building benefits from a new heating and cooling system, improving its thermal efficiency, as well as new lighting, flooring and stackable furniture, and a new AV system, including the latest display technology for wireless projection.
Project Outcomes
  • Completed the delivery of modern vibrant multi-purpose flexible space for students
  • Designed to switch between 40 seater programming lab and collaborative working space
  • Delivered on time enabling use at the beginning of the 2021/2022 academic year

Project Team

Jo Weston × Operations Director
Stephen Hyde × Sector Lead
Consultant team
Customer : University of Westminster
Project Manager: Fusion Project Management
Architect : Stride Treglown
Quantity Surveyor: Gleeds
Services Engineer: Hoare Lea and Partners
Testimonials
“Willmott Dixon Interiors has delivered a fantastic project. Despite a very restricted programme in an occupied building, they completed the works on time. Their team was very professional, proactive and hardworking. They showed great collaboration with the building users and provided regular updates on the progress. The Innovation Space is superb and will attract a lot of students and visitors. I will be very happy to work WDI again in the future”
Joanna Prusiewicz
Estates Project Manager, University of Westminster

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