University of St Andrews Student Residences

  • Client: University of St Andrews
  • Role: Cost Consultancy
  • Value: £5 million
  • Programme: Commenced 2013, currently stage E
  • Procurement: Not applicable
  • Location: St Andrews, Scotland

Project Description

Student residences proposal to refurbish, upgrade, modernize and improve energy efficiency of existing 27 existing 2-storey semi detached houses split between 11no. 5 bed units and 16no. 10 bed units for student use. Also, including 7no. outhouse boiler rooms, 1no. warders house, 1no. laundry building, major utilities infrastructure upgrade and landscaping. This project consisted of over cladding the buildings to improve energy efficiency, revised layouts & upgrade and conversion of 2no. 5 bed units into 1no. 10 bed unit (16no).

Our Role / Scope

On this project we undertook the following services:

  • Cost Modelling
  • Benchmarking
  • Feasibility Cost
  • Cost Options
  • Mock-up of 10 bed
  • Value Engineering
  • Risk Management
  • Whole Life Costing
  • Procurement Advice

Technical Capacity

The team comprise of the following:

  • Lead Director;
  • Lead Quantity Surveyor and
  • Quantity Surveyor

Benefits To Client

  • Value Engineering: The Energy Efficiency of the properties was very important to our Client and studies were carried out and costed to get the most economic solution over the life of the buildings. Looking at individual boilers of each unit, shared boilers or district heating with one plant room. Working closely with the Services Consultant, the most economic and energy efficient solution was shared boilers to each unit. It was clear that the scale of the project resulted (as it was too small and the houses were spread over a large area) in the district heating system having too high capital costs and too long a payback period. Further investigations was also carried out on renewables energy – ground & air source heat pumps and biomass boilers.
  • Other energy efficient areas were also looked at with the type of insulation or over cladding to the external walls and roofs. The existing walls were built in the 60 - 70s and have no insulation.
  • VAT: New Build vs Refurbishment. An exercise was carried out to establish whether refurbishment was more economic than new build. The New Build option included demolition costs, however the intention was to keep the existing floor slab. The advantage of new build was no VAT would apply to New Build as opposed to 5% on refurbishment project. The outcome was still clearly with the refurbishment.
  • Mock-up: A mock-up of one of the houses was carried out to understand the extra space created when 2no 5 bed units was converted into 1no 10 bed unit. This provided our client with the visual appearance and chance to make alterations, it established the works involved and risks and it also provided a cost check on the works. These works would be incorporated into the project.