As the student accommodation sector continues to be a source of new work for leading national engineering specialist SES Engineering Services (SES) who were appointed by main contractors Sewell Construction completed a £6.5m contract at the University of Hull.

SES was appointed to provide a range of mechanical and electrical services on the £30m student residences at the University including the installation of building management systems, heating, ventilation, CCTV and access systems as well as small power and lighting and dry risers.

Called The Courtyard, 560 bedrooms have been created across nine blocks, raising the bar in the standard of student accommodation. Each block contains four one-bedroom penthouse apartments, with larger studio apartments in clusters of four with most of the accommodation being set out over 8-bed clusters around shared kitchen facilities and live/learn spaces.

Further to the bedroom blocks, the main reception building houses a small library, Master Chef-style kitchen, multi-function room with audio visual fit-out and a lounge.

SES used its bespoke Prism facility to prefabricate risers, plantrooms and service modules and applied a structured and disciplined approach throughout the build programme.

Given their extensive experience in the student accommodation sector SES was ideally suited to delivering the scheme.

“This is the latest project in a growing line of student accommodation developments we have been involved with, and with each one we learn something new to take to the next scheme. The Hull student accommodation project really benefited from our offsite capabilities, which was crucial in meeting the client’s need for a quick turnaround.

“Additionally, the project provided us with an opportunity to further strengthen our working relationship with Sewell Construction.”

Steve Joyce
Business Director North and Scotland, SES