Student Accommodation, The Arts University



  • End Client

    Bournemouth Development Company (BDC)

  • Main Contractor

    Morgan Sindall Plc

  • Steel Contractor

    William Haley Engineering Ltd

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Three prominent £23m 378-room student accommodation blocks for The Arts University Bournemouth, form part of an impressive £40m town centre rejuvenation scheme delivered by the BDC, a partnership between Morgan Sindall Investments and Bournemouth Council. Composite Profiles delivered the student accommodation using 9,400m2 of ComFlor® 51+.

Bournemouth Borough Council’s long-term town centre vision included the redevelopment of council-owned surface car parks for a variety of uses that help stimulate the economy and drive regeneration. The former surface car parks have now been replaced with a 382-space multi-storey car park and student accommodation blocks providing 378 rooms for The Arts University, Bournemouth.

At first glance, this development looked like a standard project with a structural steel frame and metal decking to form the structural slabs. With our extensive local knowledge, together with experience of building other student accommodation blocks, the Composite Profiles team were able to carefully foresee the challenges ahead.

The site is nestled between the main A338 link road into Bournemouth’s busy town centre and the ‘cut-through’ route of Madeira Road and its tight access. A former open-air car park, the site is surrounded by established residential apartments as well as Dorset Police Station and the Probation Service. Furthermore, we were erecting a new multi-storey car park next door on Madeira Road at the same time.

Our Operations Team liaised with Morgan Sindall well in advance to establish their precise requirements, both in terms of site logistics as well as programme requirements.

Deliveries were planned well ahead and coordinated with the steel frame erection to enable just the right amount of materials to be delivered on time. Too many materials at once and the site gets clogged up, too few and the steel erection is slowed down.

When it came to installation, the choice of ComFlor® 51+ made for a fast and efficient build, enabling other trades to quickly follow on behind. Noise reduction was identified at an early stage as a source of concern from neighbouring residents. With close liaison with Morgan Sindall, together with some innovative thinking from the site teams, their concerns quickly fell away.

Each of the three accommodation blocks featured similar design principles, which enabled us to provide efficiencies through our drawing office. Although, the accommodation blocks provided a more regular build for us, our professionalism and quality levels remained at the highest level, always ensuring we provide a safe installation both on time and on budget.

Mark Harley, Senior Project Manager, Composite Profiles