Walmgate, York

To deliver a high quality 652 student accommodation development in the heart of York

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The Project

The project is situated adjacent to the River Wharf in York city centre, this state of the art student accommodation gives students secure communal living close to York’s two main universities. The students also benefit from a new gym, relaxing areas with games rooms. HE Simm worked collaboratively with Vinci Construction to successfully deliver the full MEP fit out works to the 652 student accommodation development. The project was part new build and part refurbishment to an existing factory building.

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Project Objectives

The client wanted state of the art student accommodation which met both the needs and requirements for St Johns University and York University. They wanted to create a safe environment for their students with recreational areas and their own gym.

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Project Challenges

The clients were very demanding which meant that some items were not agreed on until 6 weeks before the project was handed over. This resulted in HE Simm handing over approximately 300 rooms in the last 4 weeks, which was very challenging but was met by the construction team due to their tireless hard work and commitment.

Logistically the city centre location of the development created challenges, the use of just in time deliveries and one delivery a day meant we overcame these challenges, it also helped to reduce waste on site.

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The Results

The project was successfully delivered in line with Vinci Constructions programme, in budget and met BREEAM Very Good. Walmgate met the client’s aspirations to create a safe environment for their students.

Meet the Team

Ron Ellis, Senior Electrical Engineer


Ron commenced his employment with HE Simm especially for this project and soon bought into the HE Simm way of working displaying the company vision & values. Ron was very client focused, positive, proactive, and worked collaboratively with Vinci and student castle.

“The Student accommodation project here at SC Walmgate, York has proven to be a challenge for all contracting parties involved and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of HE Simm for their diligence and professionalism in completing the project.
There have been times when the pressure put on all parties has been extreme but throughout this the HE Simm and VINCI teams have continued to work together in the face of adversity. This is in no small part due to the leadership offered and approach taken by your Project Managers, Kevin Shaw and Ron Ellis with support from Ian Bruce, and whilst a special note of appreciation is extended to these individuals, I note that the rest of the HE Simm team worked hard with a high degree of commitment to get the project complete; so my thanks are also due to those individuals.
Whilst the project here has been a difficult one, we can take comfort that we have delivered a quality product and I sincerely hope that we will have the opportunity to work together on future schemes in the near future.”


Andrew Whaley, Senior Project Manager, Vinci Construction