The Rail Yard Student Accommodation, Cambridge

Situated in the prestigious CB1 location, The Rail Yard offers a variety of student accommodation spread across three buildings.

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The Project

This project covered three buildings – Stephenson, Telford and Brunel. The Stephenson development consists of retail units at the ground floors and five upper floors of accommodation, whereas Telford and Brunel are all student accommodation.

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Project Objectives

The site is located on the Cambridge CB1 mixed use development and the building is provided with private network LTHW energy source from the Brunel building energy centre incorporating CHP/boiler distribution to serve Stephenson, Brunel and Telford buildings.

The project was predominantly student accommodation – studio apartments and cluster group apartments – with ancillary support spaces and ground floor retail space.

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Project Challenges

The site was situated next to Cambridge train station which continued to operate during the project, as well as the main bus route through Cambridge. Underneath these areas, a series of service ducts and trenches where installed to distribute the main services of water, gas, heating, electricity and data to all the buildings, therefore, HE Simm required a great deal of coordination to install these services in such a tight area.

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The Results

The project was completed as per the projected handover date of September 2014. The building was occupied on time and all students were enjoying their new facilities.

Meet the Team

Darren Hancock, Project Engineer

Darren has a wealth of experience gained from working on a diverse range of projects throughout his time within the construction industry. His management skills and enthusiasm ensures that alongside the project team that the M&E services are designed correctly, procured and completed on-time, to budget, and defect free at PC. He has a very likeable personality and has good communication skills which contribute to a successful project completion and client satisfaction.

“The performance of HE Simm at the Rail Yard Cambridge Student Accommodation Project has been excellent on what was a difficult and testing project. The team has always been helpful and responsive throughout the construction stage of the project, not least in the areas of design and co-ordination with other trades and commissioning and handovers, for which your conscientiousness and hard work was very much appreciated!

I look forward to working with the HE Simm’s team on future projects.

The project was completed as per the projected handover date of September 2014. The building was occupied on time and all students are now enjoying their new facilities.”

Allan Smith, Senior Contracts Manager, George Downing Construction LTD