Work is now underway on the latest student accommodation development in Coventry, which will provide living space for over 300 students. Clegg Construction has been appointed as the contractor for Kier Property on this project as part of a £17.1m contract which will run through until June 2020. The project schedule is a busy one, comprising of three new builds including one 5 storey block, the conversion of two existing listed buildings and the creation of a central courtyard and landscaping works.Challenge
During winter of 2019, wet weather and damp air threatened to grind the project to a halt. At this stage, Blocks B (existing building) and C (five storey new building) were not water tight, so heating and drying equipment was required to keep the project on track. Tight deadlines and budget meant that a solution was needed urgently. However, as the site is situated in Coventry’s city centre and has limited access due to the busy and built up surroundings, the solution also had to be practical.Solution
RVT proposed a solution whereby the buildings would be heated by two smaller 65kW Climex® indirect oil-fired heaters (Block B) and one 110 kW Climex® indirect oil heater (Block C). We also installed several air distribution kits to ensure that heat was evenly distributed without any loss of pressure. By following RVT's 3-step drying-out methodology, costly damages were prevented and the project remained on track.