Outstanding collaboration at Teesside University receives prestigious national award

Outstanding collaboration at Teesside University receives prestigious national award
Home News Outstanding collaboration at Teesside University receives prestigious national award

Teesside University, nominated by Wates has won Client of the Year at the national Constructing Excellence awards (2021) for its outstanding collaborative work on the Cornell Quarter student residential accommodation.

The University was recognised for the excellent facilities in the accommodation as well as how well teams overcame challenges brought by the pandemic during construction.

The Cornell Quarter welcomed its first cohort of students in October 2020 and boasts a games lounge, cinema and private gym.

Just a short walk away from Campus Heart, the impressive £21.4m accommodation benefits students with 300 en-suite bedrooms.

The University worked with Wates on the design and construction of the Cornell Quarter accommodation and has worked with the business on previous building projects including the National Horizons Centre, Teesside University’s £22.3m state-of-the-art facility for biosciences.

The Constructing Excellence awards celebrate the UK’s built environment and showcase the excellent construction projects which have been undertaken.

The Client of the Year award recognises clients who have demonstrated clear and consistent leadership, real benefit to their organisations and a positive impact to the organisation, industry and wider community.

David Wingfield, Regional Director for Wates Construction in the North East, said:

“Cornell Quarter was a time-critical project with a quick 75-week build programme to ensure that students could be enjoying the accommodation by the 2020/21 academic year. Not only did we go from a blank sheet of paper through feasibility, planning and to site in an incredible 24 weeks, the building was delivered on time, on budget and with zero defects, achieving recognition for its industry-leading carbon offsetting initiative.

‘This was an exceptional outcome, not least in the context of the pandemic, and it simply would not have been possible without the active involvement of our client Teesside University. This award recognises the importance of such close collaboration, which allowed us to be adaptable and think outside the box, to deliver student living and ultimately create a community in which people can thrive.’

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