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Godfrey Syrett wins contract to furnish 536-bed student accommodation scheme

Furniture manufacturer Godfrey Syrett has secured a £1.46m contract for a major student accommodation scheme in Glasgow, Foundry Courtyard.


Multinational infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has awarded the contract to Godfrey Syrett following a competitive tender process.  

The North-East-based furniture specialists will be supplying a range of accommodation furniture for the 536-bedroom Foundry Courtyard development on the east side of the city, as well as furnishing communal spaces, offices and reception areas.

Earlier this year Godfrey Syrett launched a dedicated fitted furniture division which works with main contractors in the construction sector on a national level, to deliver bespoke furniture solutions for new build projects within the education, defence, hospitality, commercial and healthcare sectors.

 The firm has also recently announced the opening of a new dedicated accommodation showroom at its Durham manufacturing site, to showcase its newly designed range, ‘Work, Rest & Play’.

David Hall, group sales and marketing director at Godfrey Syrett said: “We are delighted to be working with Balfour Beatty on this exciting new development.  Over the last three years we have delivered and installed over 8,000 bedrooms. Given our wealth of experience in this sector we fully understand the expectations of modern student living.  

Our designs offer innovative, flexible storage and furniture solutions that are tailored to the end user and allow for easy re-configurability and tenant personalisation.  We will be working in close partnership with the construction team to take the project from design conception through to manufacture and installation to deliver a highly bespoke solution.” 

Balfour Beatty began construction of the Foundry Courtyard scheme in November 2015, which comprises two blocks positioned around a central courtyard containing 149 self-contained studios and 387 bedrooms in cluster flats. Completion of the project is expected by spring 2017. 

This is Balfour Beatty’s first project for the direct let market as a developer of student accommodation. Balfour Beatty’s developer role includes site purchase, planning, design, construction and operation of the scheme, together with direct letting of the rooms and student management elements.

Phil Dorin, senior bid manager at Balfour Beatty Investments said: “We chose to work with Godfrey Syrett on the Foundry Courtyard project because of the excellent quality of their products, and their control of the manufacturing and installation process from start to finish. As our first direct let scheme, we selected Godfrey Syrett due to the strong relationships developed, which gave us the confidence that they were the right company to complete this journey with us.” 

Godfrey Syrett is also delivering a £600,000 accommodation contract directly with the University of Edinburgh and has previously completed projects at Birmingham City University, Nottingham University, Kingston University and the University of Bedfordshire.