Ricky Simmonds, Head of Major Projects at Fortis Vision.
Fortis Vision has started work on its largest project to date; a full refurbishment of student accommodation at New Medlock House, Manchester.
Work is currently underway to turn a previous restaurant into new communal areas, including reception, silent study area, music room, and yoga space.
The project includes mechanical, electrical, and structural works, including the installation of a curtain wall, as well as bespoke joinery and finishes throughout.
Phase two of the building refurbishment then expands to include full refurbishment of 686 bedrooms, 6 studios, 37 shared bathrooms, 562 ensuite bathrooms, and 151 kitchens.
The project was won by Fortis Vision in 2021 and has taken many months of planning, including trial works, to ensure Fortis Vision’s immaculate standards are upheld throughout. Two full planning applications were submitted and approved for works at New Medlock House, including the energy initiative installation of 6 Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) at roof level and an asset management initiative to create a further 21 bedrooms by splitting existing oversized kitchens.
The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Q-ton Heat Pumps, with hot water cylinders are currently being built off-site, housed in modular plant room containers and then craned onto the roof. Further installation of an environmentally efficient centralised heating system, Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) units to each cluster flat, providing fresh air and extract, together with the ASHP install will bring the building into the required B rating for its EPC. Refurbishment works also then include new flooring, decoration, fixed furniture, sanitaryware and brand-new contemporary kitchens.
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