We were asked to replace Tilt & Turn mechanisms on previously installed windows with new ones at Bridges Hall a part of the University of Reading. Bridges Hall was opened for the 2014-15 academic year and features 649 high quality student rooms. There is a mix of room types, and all rooms are self-catered. It is on the main campus, Whiteknights, which was purchased in 1947 and is the former home of the Marquis of Blandford. It is a beautiful 130-hectare country estate with conservation meadows, a lake and a collection of rare trees. The campus features several listed buildings. One of the most attractive is Foxhill House, built in 1869 by architect Alfred Waterhouse: designer of the Natural History Museum.
In total 846 mechanisms were replaced during the 3-month programme.
The University of Reading has been at the forefront of UK higher education for nearly a century. Founded in the 19th century as an extension College of the University of Oxford, Reading was the only University to be awarded a charter between the two world wars.
The student accommodation is provided by UPP who are the leading UK provider of on campus student accommodation and are working in partnership with the University of Kent to deliver the highest standards of service to their customers. They aim to create a safe secure environment where students can feel at home.
Students were having difficulties operating the existing mechanisms properly due to technical issues with the gearing and we were asked to source a replacement model, strip out the existing products and replace them with the new ones. Through our experience of carrying out similar works elsewhere we were able to do this quickly and efficiently with little disturbance to the students in residence.