The Bridge study room

The Bridge, Student Accommodation

Adderstone Group worked with partners Brims Construction to complete the 331-bedroom student accommodation, Nido The Bridge, on behalf of US investment firm Starwood Capital in 2018.

The development comprises of eight-storey, high-quality student accommodation which features 331 beds split across 91 studios and 38 cluster flats, along with a lounge and games room, laundry, fitness suite, two dinner party rooms, study room, cinema room and outdoor amenity space with picnic tables and cycle stores. Located in Shieldfield, The Bridge is minutes from both Northumbria University, Newcastle University and Newcastle’s quayside. Investment value, £18,000,000.

Brims Construction was appointed by the Adderstone Group to undertake the construction of the new student accommodation complex at 50-54 Union Street, Newcastle. The new eight-storey student residential scheme is located on the junction of Stoddart Street and Union Street in the Upper Ouseburn area of Newcastle, at the site of the now derelict PTS plumbing building. Construction value 13.5 million.

Brief

Brims required us to carry out a builders clean, sparkle clean and external window cleaning of Nido The Bridge, located in the vibrant and popular Upper Ouseburn, which is just minutes from Newcastle city centre.

The Bridge is one of three Nido’s in Newcastle, a true student-led community, which is less than 10 minutes’ walk to Northumbria University and 20 minutes to Newcastle University.

There are 7 room Types in Nido The Bridge, Classic Ensuite, with shared kitchen, ensuite bathroom & double bed, room size 11-14 m², Premium Ensuite, with shared kitchen, ensuite bathroom & double bed, room size 14-17 m², Classic Studio, with private kitchen, ensuite bathroom, double bed & TV, room size 12-18 m², Deluxe Ensuite, with shared kitchen, ensuite bathroom, double bed & balcony, room size 11-14 m², Premium Studio, with private kitchen, ensuite bathroom, double bed & TV room size 19 m², Deluxe Plus Ensuite, with shared kitchen, ensuite bathroom, double bed & balcony, room size 16 m² and Deluxe Studio, with private kitchen, ensuite bathroom, double bed TV and balcony, room size 18-19 m².

Each space at Nido is fully furnished with little touches that make a positive difference to sustainable living, from community spaces, laundry room, social spaces, study spaces, cinema room to bike storage.

Analysis: Site Visit

Before works commenced, our project manager and cleaning supervisor visited site to assess and carry out a survey.

Planning: Site Survey

As the cleaning needed to be carried out whilst building contractors were on site, we needed to undertake strict risk assessments & method statements to ensure Health & Safety for all operatives. CSCS & IPAF cards and CHAS, Safecontractor, & Constructionline Gold certification was provided and it was agreed that works would be completed in several phases.

Implementation: Works Carried Out

Nido The Bridge had eight floors with each still having building contractors carrying out work. The builders clean was planned for 8 weeks, one week per floor with a team of 8 operatives and a supervisor. Taking advice from Brims when each floor would be finished, each day was scheduled accordingly.

The builders clean included internal glazing, sills, frames & ensuring to remove excess paint, mortar, concrete and stickers. Dusting ceilings, wiping walls, skirting boards & all surfaces to remove dust and plaster. Our CSCS qualified operatives are experienced in carefully removing protection from flooring & surfaces & residue from toilets and kitchens. All flooring was vacuumed, cleaned by hand and mopped.

The ongoing construction work at Nido, The Bridge meant that a lot of dust and mortar had accumulated onto the exterior windows. As such, it was up to our window cleaning team to ensure that the windows were cleaned throughout the construction process. Also, site safety was at the forefront, as some of the areas that needed cleaning were close to passers-by and road users.

To overcome the access challenge, we decided to use the MEWPs that were provided by Brims and already available on site, giving us the freedom to travel up and down the property ensuring we could clean all areas of the development, including hard-to-reach areas. Throughout the project, we undertook careful planning and ensured our highly trained operatives were prepared.

The sparkle clean was scheduled to take place over 4 weeks, with a team of 6 operatives and one supervisor. Again, advice was sought from Brims when all snagging would be completed and the clean was planned on this basis.

Review: Hand Over

Brims knew they could rely on Cklip to undertake this major project and ensure the building was cleaned to the very highest standards.

Management was on site daily, organising staff, forwarding suggestions, directing operations for best working practice & communicating with the site manager & trades on site to ensure completion of the works.

Cklip, have been in business since 2014 and had the infrastructure and procedures in place to ensure work was completed with minimal fuss and stress.

Brims are one of our many long-standing customers. They were extremely satisfied with our service as all their cleaning requirements were completed professionally and in accordance with Health & Safety.

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