Fortis Vision has recently completed major refurbishment works at The Bridge House, a 319-bed student accommodation site in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh.
Owned and managed by Unite Students, the £9.1m project included upgrading energy efficiency, and improvements to bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens, all designed to enhance the student experience.
The Fortis Vision team carried out works over a 14-week period, with in-occupation delivery over five weeks to one block, followed by nine weeks vacant works over the summer to three blocks. All works were complete and ready for student occupation for the 2023/2024 academic year.
Works delivered by Fortis Vision included cladding and external decoration, the refurbishment of 319 bedrooms, 53 kitchens, the creation of three new bedrooms and 106 shower rooms, the decoration and fire cladding of four stairwells, energy updates including efficient controlled heating and hot water systems, full window replacement and additional landscaping and fencing works to the property.
The project presented several challenges for the Fortis Vision team. Being in the city centre of Edinburgh, the logistical challenge of getting large deliveries in and out of the tight site was one that had to be managed strategically. In addition, the building comprises five floors with no lifts, meaning all goods and materials were physically handled by the Fortis Vision team, including fridge freezers, mattresses, and kitchen cabinets.
The Bridge House was also a multi-faceted refurbishment with its external works to windows and cladding being carried out alongside the full internal works, which required careful planning and programming, to ensure all trades worked together to progress in line with the programme.
“The buildings have been totally transformed internally and externally, and the refurbishment of this property and others we are working on for Unite Students is part of the operator’s aim to achieve net zero. It’s clear to see our client’s commitment to the environment and student experience, with an emphasis on more spaces for interaction and study to this building.
“From Fortis Vision staff to site managers, sub-contractors, suppliers, labourers and cleaners, everyone really pulled together and worked as a team to ensure the project was a success.
“As always, the Fortis Vision machine worked in unison in all departments to achieve the goal, working alongside our client Unite Students on and off site, to ensure high quality delivery and completion.
“The Bridge House is an impressive site and a vibrant, well-appointed place for students to call home. It’s fulfilling to stand back upon completion to see the transformation.”
Lee Stow-Smith, Project Manager