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Kingston Joinery completes work on ‘stunning’ £32m Brass Founders student complex in Sheffield Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Kingston Joinery completes work on ‘stunning’ £32m Brass Founders student complex in Sheffield

Kingston Joinery has completed a £300,000 internal joinery fit-out on three residential blocks as part of a ‘stunning’ new student accommodation complex in Sheffield.

The £32m Bass Founders development has seen the former South Yorkshire foundry, which closed in 1972, transformed into a 437 bed new build providing premium student accommodation.

Led by overall developers the Crosslane Group, Kingston Joinery was hired by Create Construction in Sheffield.

The high specification project was completed on deadline, ensuring it was ready for the new academic year which started earlier this month, with all apartments fully let with students ahead of its opening.

Terry Kay, site manager for the project at Kingston Joinery, said it had been an ‘exceptional’ development for the company to be involved in, and also a great showcase of the firm’s ability and work standard.

“It really is a stunning development and one on which had to provide the very highest quality of finish in terms of our joinery work,” said Mr Kay.

“As can be seen from the pictures of both the living and communal spaces, the aim was to create relaxing, luxurious accommodation and something of a new concept in student living. That has been achieved and it is was an exceptional project to work as the standard was so high in every aspect of the work.”

Billed as ‘the ultimate student experience’, the development, which is just 10 minutes’ walk from the University of Sheffield and close to the city centre entertainment and Sheffield Hallam, it includes a dedicated entertainment and a cinema room.

With the brick and glass façade buildings standing six, seven and eight storeys high, in a U-shaped formation to create a large private landscaped courtyard, it has already become something of a landmark in the city.

“It has been fantastic to be involved in such a high-end development where every aspect of the work has had to be completed to the very best standard,” said Craig O’Leary, managing director of Kingston Joinery.

“These contracts come with a significant amount of pressure for every contractor hired on site, given you are very aware that there is little room for delays or not meeting deadlines. The properties were let to hundreds of students ahead of the new academic year and ahead of completion, so they simply had to be ready.

“It is key in situations such as this to make sure you complete your own work on site on time, and to the standard required, to ensure others in the work chain can then get on site and do the same.

“We are delighted to have established a reputation where contractors know they can trust us to do just that, and proved that on this job once again.”

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