CDM Services – Myerscough College Student Accommodation Block

What the project involves

Facilities at Myerscough College’s Billsborrow Campus have been significantly enhanced as a result of a £20 million infrastructure investment programme, which has already seen Aegis appointed to the CDM Principal Designer and BREEAM assessor roles for the creation of a new High Performance Centre for Sport.

Following successful delivery of these services, Aegis was asked to take on the CDM Principal Designer role for a new student accommodation block.

Due to the effects of flooding from Storm Desmond early on in the project the principal contractor, Carefoot PLC, redesigned the building to sit above level of any future flooding. The building itself provides 40 en-suite bedrooms in clusters of five with shared welfare and kitchen facilities. Built using traditional construction methods, the building also has three plant rooms to ensure that efficient and effective building services are provided.

How the client is benefiting

Aegis presided over the CDM Principal Designer role, which meant coordinating health and safety arrangements across the project to ensure processes were adhered to and implemented correctly. We worked closely with the College to implement and manage new CDM 2015 regulations, which clearly set out roles and responsibilities on construction projects. Still in their infancy, the regulations have left many firms unsure of their responsibility.

An important benefit to Myerscough College was that Aegis played a key role in ensuring that construction activities did not impact on the College. The new building was constructed on a live campus but the project team carefully planned each element to ensure disruption to the learning of students was as minimal as possible. Consideration was also paid to access to the campus as the new Student Accommodation Block was being constructed on one of the main access routes.

During the construction, 98 per cent of waste generated was also diverted from landfill by the project team.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs.

Our previous work with Myerscough College means we have a firm grasp of its requirements, which also allows us to operate efficiently with the main contractor on the project and other on-site suppliers and partners.

Finally, our extensive experience of the education sector has provided us with a detailed understanding of the need for minimal disruption to the students’ learning environment, and we were able to ensure construction activity did not impact on the College unduly.