“The college has carried out a number of internal refurbishments to bring the internal facilities up to a very good standard, the building was now let down by the external views and lack of double glazing and insulation. After researching the market and looking at local cladding projects it was decided to engage d & b Facades to externally clad the entire front half of the Eastwood Building at the Rotherham campus and give it a much-needed facelift.
Works began in July 2015 and were completed by the end of December of that year, the project was carried out during holidays and term time which required close discussion and negotiation between client and contractor. With very tight time schedules being imposed by the client to ensure minimal disruption to classes and college life in general, it became a balancing act in which design build facades managed well without a hitch while maintaining the quality finish required throughout the project. During the project, restrictions were placed upon design build facades about noise, access to the site and working times, all of which were agreed upon and managed without impinging upon the programme or completion dates. The internal works carried out following the installation of the windows proved to be far more complex than originally thought and caused more than a few headaches along the way but fit and finish were very good. During the internal works the college discovered that features of the building that had been hidden were opened up by the removal of the old windows, this has made a massive impact on the rooms making them seem much lighter and bigger, not to mention a lot warmer!
During all the works the college and d & b have worked very closely together to ensure that we stay on target, the working relationship has been one of the best I have encountered with nothing being too much trouble and no request for information or impromptu meeting not willingly accepted. In short, as client, this has been one of the most complex but easiest projects I have done for the college, they have turned my old concrete eyesore into what appears to be a brand-new building, and I couldn’t be happier. Andrew Newton, Head of Estates, Rotherham College”.
Andrew Newton, Head of Estates, Rotherham College