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When u-student acquired the former TTTV Studios in Newcastle it was a fairly ambitious project for all concerned. The programme involved demolition of the existing facilities and site clearance, as well as construction of high specification student accommodation in three blocks with up to eight storeys.
A total of 386 plus rooms, organised in clusters and flats, all with en-suite facilities, created a requirement for around 920 doorsets with varying fire and security performance. Through their construction arm – Northern Developments, the design team involved their supply chain at a very early stage to leverage their technical expertise and optimise overall building design whilst minimising cost.
Hi Spec Doorsets initially became involved in the project around 18 months prior to construction and developed a close working relationship with both the bathroom pod supplier Offsite Solutions and Access Control partner, NSP, prior to any manufacturing commencing. This enabled prototype development and technical compliance matters to be undertaken in good time as well as resolving logistical and supply chain issues.
Hi Spec Doorsets supplied the doors hung within the frame and all relevant ironmongery and architraves, throughout the building.
Hi Spec Doorsets supplied fully finished doorsets complete with all hardware factory fitted and the NSP access control locks were installed and tested prior to shipping to site. Inclusion of the company’s Fast Fit clip system enabled the joinery sub-contractor to install the majority of doorsets within 30 minutes including architraves and closers. The white PVC wrap on the door liners and architraves meant that there was no on site decoration required so the doorsets were installed as a second fix item.
Hi Spec Doorsets’ staff attended site on a regular basis to provide technical and commercial support and worked closely with the client team during the final stages to get the project completed and ready for the student intake.
“From their initial involvement in the project, Hi Spec Doorsets provided a first class service supplying technical and compliance input as well as material and component samples. Their behind the scenes liaison with our other supply chain partners ensured a smooth and effective programme and their prompt response to any issues raised helped to get this project over the line in good time and to a high standard.”
Martyn Boak – Managing Director – u-student & Northern Developments