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Complex refurbishment of a 10-storey office block, which remained operational throughout


  • Building remained operational during fit-out programme
  • Replacement of all windows to improve insulation and energy performance
  • BIM used extensively to help avoid clashes
  • 'Just-in-time' delivery system used due to constrained site
  • Sustainability features include aquifer thermal energy system and solar photovoltaic panels

This substantial fit-out project involved refurbishment of a 10-storey 1960s teaching block for the University of Brighton, which remained operational throughout.

Our fit-out team completely refitted the 15,000 sq m Cockroft Building, including staff offices, IT facilities, specialist teaching and research facilities.

The work included replacing all windows to improve insulation and energy performance, plus installation of a timber decking system to create a new terrace on the eight floor. The ceilings were finished with sprayed concrete and the floors with recycled metal tiles.

Sustainability features include an aquifer thermal energy system, using two holes bored into the chalk landscape, plus solar photovoltaic panels on the roof.

Willmott Dixon used BIM extensively on the project, which helped avoid clashes, and allowed the client to see a virtual fly-through of the scheme.

The constrained site had limited storage, so we set up a ‘just in time’ delivery system with our supply chain, to ensure materials arriving on site were installed on the building straight away.

Want to know more? Contact Henry Mayes