In-occupation major refurbishment of student accommodation in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh ready for the 2023 / 2024 academic year.

  • -319 bedrooms refurbished
  • -Creation of three new bedrooms
  • -Creation of additional study spaces
  • -Creation of cinema room and social spaces
  • -53 kitchens
  • -106 shower rooms
  • -Cladding and external decoration
  • -Decoration and fire cladding of four stairwells
  • -Energy updates including efficient controlled heating and hot water systems
  • -Full window replacement
  • -Additional landscaping and fencing works around the property
  • -Multiple logistical challenges tackled due to central city location

Fortis Vision has completed a major refurbishment of The Bridge House student accommodation in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh. The project included ‘in-occupation’ refurbishment of 319 bedrooms, 106 shower rooms, 53 kitchens and the creation of three new bedrooms. Comprehensive works to improve the student experience included the creation of new study and social spaces, alongside a cinema room. Other refurbishments to the site included introducing efficient controlled heating and hot water systems, the decoration and fire cladding of four stairwells, full window replacement and additional landscaping and fencing works around the property.

The team carried out the works over a 14-week period, with in occupation delivery over five weeks on one of the blocks, and nine weeks whilst vacant over the summer on the other three. Works were complete and ready for client, Unite Students, to welcome students ready for the 2023/2024 academic year. Fortis Vision’s method of working limits the impact on student residents by minimising disruption to their daily life – something which is good for the students, good for Unite’s management team, and ultimately their brand’s reputation for a great service to residents.

The Bridge House, Edinburgh

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The work also involved a multi-faceted refurbishment with external works to windows and cladding being carried out alongside the full internal works, which required careful planning and programming by the team, to ensure all trades aligned and worked together to progress on schedule.

The project presented several challenges for the Fortis Vision team due to its location in the city centre. The logistical challenges of getting large deliveries in and out of the tight site, meant the team had to manage timings strategically to ensure the seamless delivery that we are synonymous with. In addition, the site comprises five floors with no lift access, therefore all materials needed to be manually carried by the team – including larger items such as kitchen cabinets, white goods and mattresses. Despite these multiple challenges, we delivered the project on time, on budget, and in line with the exceptionally high standards that we are recognised for.

For more information about our major refurbishment projects, please contact a member of the Fortis Vision team today.

“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

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