Project Background

Our Vitruvius team enabled quick project recovery via Construction Management

Blackfriars Student Accommodation offers a great location between city centre, historic Blackfriars Priory and the ever-popular Gloucester Docks providing all the benefits of city centre living to those studying at rural Hartpury University.

Midas Group, a multimillion-pound construction group with seven offices around the southwest and Wales, had been appointed by the developers Cityheart as main contractors but went into administration in February 2022.

With the start of the 2022/23 academic year in September, and students booked, the occupation date was already set.
Our Vitruvius team swiftly proposed a Construction Management approach to restart the project and were appointed to take over the project. For more information on the benefits of the Construction Management approach just call us.

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Blackfriars student accommodation offers the students all the benefits of city centre living with this great location between city centre, historic Blackfriars Priory and the ever-popular Gloucester Docks.

Our role in the project

Construction Management Project Recovery Success

We Supported our Client by Promoting a Construction Management Route

We had extensive knowledge of the Blackfriars Student Accommodation Blocks project from our original client-side contract administrator role.
Our knowledge and construction experience enabled us to manage multiple parties to ensure everyone’s end goals were at the centre of discussions.
We entered a construction management contract direct for the developers Cityheart.


Quick Restart to Ensure Efficiency

Within a month our Vitruvius team had performed the quickest re-start of any of the ongoing distressed Midas projects. We employed the Midas senior onsite team to ensure continuity and save jobs. Our quick restart enabled project efficiency and saved time, which gave reduced risk to the project budget and timeline for our client.


Handover Success

We completed a partial handover in mid-September, enabling Hartpury University Students to move in for the start of the academic year.

The programme deadline was met with contractual obligations between Hartpury and Cityheart met.
Our Vitruvius team continued to manage the works as a live site and the total 190-bed development of the two blocks with hard and soft landscaping were successfully completed in December 2022.


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