The building’s extremely confined city-centre presented logistical and H&S challenges which were mitigated by careful planning, considerate working,andopencommunication with the client as well as local residents and businesses.
Thecompleted development comprises 244 en-suite rooms based around a series of communal areas featuring kitchens, dining and lounge areas, eight of which are fully accessible for wheelchair use. Additional features include three lifts, ground-floor common room area, and a reception facility.
Social Value & Environmental
Throughout the scheme we enjoyed supporting the local area in a range of ways, including 120 apprentices either visiting or working on the site, supporting the local supply chain with approximately £450,000 spent within one mile of the build,as well as welcoming 16 University of Derby
students for a floor-by-floor tour.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service
were also allowed supervised access to the site for a series of training exercises.
As part of the build, historic tram tracks dating back to the 1800s were uncovered. The 45-metre section, which carried horse-powered trams, was carefully removed by Clegg Construction and has since been reinstated.