98% of Room Pods Now Installed at Colchester

The Pickstock Group’s student accommodation development in Colchester has almost all 381 student Room Pods installed into Phase 1 of the scheme. With just 2% of Room Pods now left to be put into position, installation has taken just 12 weeks from when the first module was installed on the 14th of February.

Roof cassettes manufactured by Elements Europe are now being installed on-site. Manufactured at Elements Europe’s factory, the cassettes provide a single ply roof structure onto which the main contractor can provide the roof insulation and membrane finish.

All 4 blocks of the building are now joined thanks to the link bridge that has been installed between Cores 2 and 3 giving access to the whole building. This will inevitably assist mechanical and electrical contractors that are now on-site carrying out containment and first fix works. Next week will see dry lining packages starting to be installed to the corridors ready for plastering work to commence.

The building’s external façade is also seeing great progress with phased brickwork and render panels being installed, once complete the building will fit in perfectly with the surrounding area with red brick and cream render.

Construction of Phase 2 has also commenced now that remediation and stabalisation ground work is complete. The second tower crane is now fully operational and rigs are back on-site carrying out piling works. Out of the ground work will begin at the end of May when work on the super structure will commence.

398 additional student Room Pods will be installed in Phase 2, totalling the amount of student beds available at the scheme to 779. There will also be 57 kitchen Pods installed for those students that take the cluster flat option on offer.

Paul Rogerson, Site Manager commented “I’m thrilled with the progress of the works on-site with key milestones being hit on schedule.” Paul added “It’s really exciting to see the finer detail of the building coming together.”