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University of Manchester

VINCI Construction UK was awarded the £74 million contract to build eight accommodation blocks that would consist of 1,122 bedrooms, in the planned Fallowfield student village project at Owen’s Park, Manchester. Alongside these accommodation blocks there will be an energy centre, student amenity hub and associated landscaping. This is only Phase 1 of much larger enterprise.

Vinci Construction UK, appointed Safety For Design to undertake the Principal Designer Advisor Role for this project. This is following the continued success, Safety For Design is having whilst working with Vinci Construction UK on the Swansea University project.

Work began on the student rooms in February 2018. The ground works at the time were underway and the scheme is currently making good progress. The project will spread across 32,020m2 of floor space, and will include cluster flats, amenities, external works and landscaping.

As part of our role as Principal Designer Advisor, Safety For Design assists the Client in taking reasonable steps to ensure that they are complying with their duties under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015.  The setting is in within Manchester, and this presents a variety of challenges including the safeguarding of the general public.  The use of tower cranes and heavy plant equipment throws up a lot of risk complexities which Safety For Design are assisting Vinci Construction UK handle these adequately given the spatial constraints that the location presents.

We attend regular design team meetings, where we offer advice and assistance to the design team, particularly with respect to safety, health and environmental impact in the design process.  Our very own Rob Bryant currently compiles and puts together a comprehensive set of O & M files.

We also work with the VCUK project managers and their health and safety team to offer a ‘fresh pair of eyes’ perspective on ‘day to day’ operations.
The Client also uses Safety For Design to audit operations so as to provide ‘real time’ overview of health and safety on site.

Our experience has been utilised in a variety of areas, such as;

  • Fire and fire strategy involving the local Fire Service;
  • Traffic and pedestrian management;
  • Control of construction activities;
  • Signage and wayfinding;
  • Construction methodology;
  • Coordination of meetings, specifically Design Team Meetings;
  • The review of design drawings and offering advice where necessary;
  • Ensuring the highest standards of construction safety in a live campus environment;
  • The collation and composition of the project’s O&M manuals;
  • Ensuring Construction Phase Plans are adequate and fit for purpose.

This phase of the project is due to finish in September 2019 with a programme duration of 88 weeks.

Director of Estates and Facilities Diana Hampson said:

“The proposals for Fallowfield Student Village represent a unique opportunity to deliver much needed improvements to our accommodation, facilities and wider campus environment, as well as developing the physical relationship between the campus and the wider Fallowfield community.”

These improvements form an important part of the £1 billion construction programme across campus to create world-class facilities for staff, students and visitors, and will help ensure that Fallowfield remains a destination of choice for students. Fallowfield Student Village will include a student hub incorporating facilities for students living on and off the campus, improved sports, facilities accessible to both, students, local residents and local sports clubs, enhanced landscaping and an improved frontage onto Wilmslow Road including retail outlets. The first phase of accommodation is expected to be ready for the 2018/19 first year intake of students.

  • Sector : Education
  • Client : University of Manchester
  • Services Supplied : Principal Designer’s Advisor
  • Project Value : £74m