Student gateway common area

Student Gateway

Brims Construction were appointed by the University of Sunderland in May 2018 to carry out the refurbishment works to the Student Gateway building. The University planned to refresh the gateway offering on St. Peter’s campus, thereby taking the opportunity to create more cohesive services around it as well.

As part of the development, a new entrance was constructed with the existing entrance being re-purposed into the new layout. The Prospect building continued to operate at full capacity outside of the site boundary. The building now includes general admin, catering services, student informal study areas and with a focus on the University’s careers employability service.


Brims are one of the leading construction companies in the North East with a diverse client base across many sectors.

They engaged Cklip to provide cleaning services during their refurbishment of Student Gateway University of Sunderland, which included a builders clean, sparkle clean, high-level interior clean, using a scissor lift and external window cleaning of the brand new entrance.

Analysis: Site Visit

Cklip visited site and conducted a survey of requirements with the site manager.

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 the builders clean and sparkle clean would be completed in 2 weeks.

Implementation: Works Carried Out

This was a refurbishment with a programme of approximately 16 weeks, with a modern design and some interesting challenges regarding access to clean the high-level areas. The process has enabled us to review, update and instigate procedures proving beneficial to all parties, client, staff and Cklip.

The cleaning schedule was based on 2-weeks, with a builders clean and sparkle clean prior to hand over. The builders clean was programmed in for 1 week, with 4 operatives,1 scissor lift operator and included cleaning internal & high-level glazing, sills & frames, ensuring to remove dust, excess paint, mortar and plaster splashes, support beams, ducting and light fittings.

Wiping walls, skirting boards and all surfaces to remove dust and removing paint & plaster splashes, sticky residue & grout from washrooms. Cisterns, sinks, mirrors cleaned and polished. All flooring vacuumed & mopped or cleaned by hand.

The sparkle clean included walls, flooring, fixtures & fittings and was scheduled to take place over 1 week with 3 operatives. Advice was sought from Brims when all snagging would be completed and the clean was prepared on this basis.

The external works included cleaning the windows of the new entrance, which caused no issues for Cklip Commercial Cleaning.

Review: Hand Over

The last week became a real challenge for us, due to other trades falling behind or slight changes to the programme. However, with daily sub-contractor meetings and a lot of planning, we managed to get the project handed over on time to the satisfaction of the client.

Throughout the process we ensured we maintained the standards that are both required and expected. We have built a strong cohesive team of cleaners who endeavour to deliver a high quality, reliable service.

Brims were very impressed with the results of the cleaning, the efficiency in which the teams were managed and the ease of communication with Cklip management.

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