Case study

UEA Bedroom and Bathroom Refurbishments

17th Dec 2019


The annual refurbishment of 87 flats, across 7 main locations, some on-campus and others located within The Village.  

The works were to undertake refurbishment works. The works included replacing:

  • Refurbishment of study bedrooms
  • Replacement carpets
  • Redecoration works
  • Installation of shower pods
  • Upgrade of kitchens
  • Ad hoc maintenance including painting, tile grouting and mastic
  • Fire compartmentation works

Client: Univerity of East Anglia

Project: Refurbishment of Student Accommodation areas.

Start: June 2019

Completion: Ongoing

Contract: Framework

Works Undertaken

Kitchen and Bathrooms

  • Replacement of shower pods
  • Replacement of light fittings
  • Replacement of bedroom furniture
  • Replacement floor coverings
  • Redecoration of all internal walls and ceilings in bedrooms and corridors

We refurbished the kitchens in two flats within Nelson Court. The kitchen consisted of stainless steel open shelved furniture with hobs, grill, microwave, and toaster all located within a compact area. 

The Communal Area consisted of a table and seating for ten, all of which were fully refurbished including new cabinetry, table, chairs, white goods, flooring, decoration, worktops, splashbacks, supply air handling unit and extraction systems.

The University identified several shower pods as being ‘life expired’ in locations where the main refurbishments had not been undertaken. In these locations, the Study Bedrooms were completely refurbished to include light fittings, fitted furniture and floor coverings to the same standard to that installed in the other refurbished rooms.

Ad Hoc Refurbishments

We undertook a number of ad hoc refurbishment works that were identified by the University. The works generally consisted of:

  • Decoration
  • Replacement carpets
  • Shower mastic and grouting

We carried out electrical installations throughout the flats, corridors and kitchens

Fire Doors

An additional work area was included shortly before starting on-site to undertake fire remediation works across the student residences.  This was programmed in to meet the required schedule.

We employed a specialist sub-contractor to work with us to undertake fire compartmentation works and fire door replacements.  Surveys were undertaken and recommendation reports were produced to identify the works.  These works were undertaken alongside the refurbishments.


Students in situe

Whilst it is preferred that the student residences are unoccupied during the programme of works, some blocks were still in use.  As a result, the programme had to be arranged around specified hours to ensure that students on site were disrupted as little as possible. 


“Overall a very high level of quality achieved and maintained throughout construction. The detailed programme was adhered to throughout the project with the project being delivered on time or ahead of the programme. All potential variations were identified at an early stage with cost implications identified and breakdowns provided with adequate time for review and instruction.

The Final Account was agreed within two weeks of Practical Completion. All O & M information issued within 2 weeks of completion of the project. The Client Portal worked exceptionally well”

“In conclusion, whilst Aspect was not lowest on price, UEA made the right choice to appoint them”

UEA Projects and Estates Development Department

“Aspect Group Services over an exceptionally intense 12-week programme were utterly refreshing.

The management team from both site and office have been truly attentive to the Client’s needs and aspirations. The quality of work has been excellent and the O&M / health and safety information has been completed and signed off at Practical Completion (normally a significant frustration on projects). I very much look forward to working with the team again’’

Real Consulting – Employers Agent for UEA