University of Salford- Commuter Hub Completion
D&G Builders and Joiners have successfully handed over a newly refurbished basement project to the University of Salford transforming the space into a new commuter hub. The University of Salford appointed D&G Builders and Joiners through mini competition procured via Construction Impact Framework (CIF) and the works commenced in June 2019.
Works on the basement refurbishment commenced with the stripping out of a disused basement and catering space on the university’s campus. The scheme included the installation of new doors, timber raised flooring, ceilings and partition walls as well as electrical services installing new power and data points, lighting and control access. Further to structural refurbishment D&G carried out the decoration works to create a new look and vibrant commuter hub to be used in the new year of study by commuting students.
Through these works D&G Builders and Joiners were able to employ 14 local staff through a local employment agency to be a part of the refurbishment team. Not only does employing locally help to boost the local economy but due to their close proximity to the site, 5 members of the refurbishment team were able to commute to work on their bicycles helping to further sustainability. The project also provided work experience for one on D&G’s apprentice joiners who feels that he has gained invaluable experience working on this project, especially working alongside the subcontractor joiners and observing the way in which they work.
Commuter Hubs provide a work and common space for students who do not live on or near campus to ensure they have a place to improve their study life. Research has found that students that live at home as apposed to on campus are less likely to achieve a 2:1 or 1st degree and that living 30 minutes or more from campus correlates with greater academic failure. The refurbished space will now provide commuting students with a common area, storage and other advantages facilities, the space helps to provide an area for both work and a place to help saving money due to facilities for food and drink preparation.
Construction Impact Framework is a value-based, socially driven framework and these works will generate funds to be reinvested in the community. Please have a look at our social impact case studies to see how the University of Salford and Construction Impact Framework are changing lives through the power of social procurement.
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