University of Surrey, George Edwards Building


  • Client: University of Surrey
  • Programme: Completed in two phases,
    Jun – Sept 2012 and April 2013 – May 2013
  • Contract Value: £0.7m
  • Scope of Work: Aluminium rainscreen overcladding and replacement windows to the west gable


Insulated aluminium rainscreen overcladding and replacement windows to three elevations delivered in two phases to meet client needs. In addition to the demands of keeping the library operational at al ltimes, the building also housed a bank and other service businesses at ground level which required uninterrupted access in order to maintain business continuity. Despite these severe constraints, expert access planning and design of temporary works including protective scaffold tunnels robust enough to support point loads of mast climbers enabled the whole project to be delivered with minimal disruption to building users.


“The George Edwards building houses the University’s main library which operates extended opening hours throughout the year, being open almost 24/7. It was essential therefore that the building remained fully operational throughout this refurbishment project. d+b facade’s proven design and delivery methodology enabled this to happen with no impact upon this critical student service. We found the d+b team to be flexible in meeting our specific needs, including delivering the project in two separate phases”.
Ian Collis, Project Manager, Estates & Facilities Management

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