The brick walls that lined the corridors were old and brown and made the corridors quite dark and cold. They were going to be completely boarded up and plastered but we agreed that we would spray paint the old bricks white instead. This brightened up the corridors and also complimented the industrial feel to the building.
We built flexibility into the scheduling of trades to accommodate end-user movements as we foresaw rescheduling requirements of college staff often wanting to use the facility to catch-up on work during breaks.
On a Wednesday afternoon, near the end of the project, we happened to overhear a conversation about a wedding taking place on the campus that Saturday (second to last weekend of the project). We were doing work on the main reception and corridor at the time and people were talking about having wedding photos taken there! To make sure the happy couple didn’t have a building site as a backdrop to their wedding photos the site team completely striped all the site back so it looked as if we were not there for the Saturday and then by Monday morning we had put the building site back together again.
By listening to what was important and offering options we built an understanding of what would delight them - we completed the project a week early which meant they had more time before the students returned to settle in, but we didn’t compromise on materials that were important to them like the designer ‘Halo’ lighting and we didn’t compromise on quality – we have not had one defect in the twelve-month defect period.