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John Burnet Hall & Kilmallie Wing

External Building fabric repairs and redecoration project

Following a competitive tender bid, we were delighted to be appointed to carry out external building fabric repairs and redecoration works at John Burnet Hall and Kilmallie Wing on behalf of the University of St Andrews. The building is a 3-storey student accommodation located within the Links Crescent conservation area in St Andrews. The building is flat roofed with slated mansard pitched sections and is traditionally constructed with stone external walls, timber sash and casement windows, timber solid core doors and frames and cast-iron rainwater goods.

Given the limited timeframe to carry out the works during the summer break, much of the works had to be undertaken from a cherry picker. The rear elevation and internal gables were fully scaffolded over some fragile roofs. This was due to the rear elevation being fully landlocked. All painting had to be undertaken in accordance with the University specification.

The external fabric repair works included the following:

  • Preparing and painting of all cast iron rainwater goods;
  • Stone re-pointing to the external walling;
  • Repairs to decayed timber framed windows;
  • Replacement of the perimeter sand mastic to windows.
  • Preparation and painting of all exterior joinery including doors and windows.

Our client was delighted with our project management and the finished product.

External Building fabric repairs and redecoration project

Client Lead Consultant Sector
University of St Andrews Avison Young Education
Duration Principal Contractor Value
12 weeks Cosmos Projects £252K

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Cosmos Projects Ltd recognises that quality, health, safety and environmental matters are key to maintaining customer satisfaction and we recognise our role in ensuring a safe and healthy working environment for both our customers and our employees.

Avison Young have worked closely with Cosmos Projects on various types of contracts for over seven years now.

Both our clients and our in-house Avison Young Building Consultancy team are happy with the Cosmos Projects team’s project management skills and with their general approach and quality achieved on each project.

Recent projects carried out on our behalf for the University of St Andrews have involved multi-disciplinary trades on challenging sites which regularly remain occupied during the works. These works are always carried out to a high standard, on time and with minimal disruption to our clients and to the building occupiers.

We remain very happy to consider Cosmos Projects for future work. What is very helpful to Avison Young is the excellent estimating and also the post contract QS input from Cosmos which makes cost management very simple to manage for us in any contract administration roles.

Murray Watson — Director, Avison Young

Planet Decorators recently completed taping and decoration works at our second floor office refurbishment project in Castle Terrace, Edinburgh. Our client was absolutely delighted with the quality of the finished job. We look forward to working with John and his team again on future projects.

Marcus Roy - Project Manager, Woodhouse Contracts Ltd

We are delighted with our experience of working with Cosmos Projects over the duration of recent projects. We have found Cosmos Project’s team to be refreshingly co-operative and attentive and have a solution-based approach on their outlook to projects. Having worked previously with the management staff, this, we feel assisted with a team approach. Under the direction of Chris McNeill, Cosmos Projects bring a level of client side understanding that, we feel, sets them apart from others, and makes them a contractor of choice when considering tender lists. We would have no hesitation in recommending Cosmos Projects.

Craig Murdoch — Director of Surveying, Ramsay McMichael Consulting Ltd

I worked with Cosmos on the internal and external refurbishment of a Grade ‘B’ listed townhouse in Glasgow city centre. The work included extensive internal improvements to services and finishes to provide speculative office space for let. We collaborated with Cosmos following a competitive tender process and value engineered the project scope and specification in line with our client’s budget requirements.

Colin Wilson — Director Trident Building Consultancy

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