Thurston Group Limited
Quarry Hill Industrial Estate
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Thurston Group was awarded a contract to create a bespoke, modular lecture theatre for the University of Plymouth. Working as Principal Contractor, Thurston’s delivered a single storey, multi-function lecture theatre with a 25-year building warranty for 150 students.
The building consisted of an open-plan lecture space, with a 2.8m internal height. Including the option to segregate the large space into three separate, smaller rooms via an Acoustic Retractable Partition. The facility includes multiple separate entrances and fire exits, one of each to each lecture theatre space. Providing total flexibility when utilising the space for different functions. The building also features grey aluminum windows and doors, with barrier matting on each of the entrances and carpeted floor to the client’s bespoke pattern.
Internally, Thurston’s provided a full LED lighting control system. This supported a range of interactive whiteboards and specialist AV equipment with electric operated blackout blinds on the windows. Externally, the project included removing a temporary facility and previous sub-structure. We also added all new foundations, utility services, access ramp, footpaths and car park areas with external landscaping and drainage. Due to planning conditions and a rural setting, the exterior walls were clad in a specialist cedar paneling with glass entrance canopies and barriers. Ensuring all DDA regulations were met.
The project was secured through a competitive tendering exercise, via the Eastern Shires Procurement Organisation (ESPO) – 953 modular building framework.
“It’s been wonderful to meet the students and see the excellent new facility located in Exeter. The Exeter School of Nursing means that we can now provide a local opportunity for local people to start an exciting, valued career in nursing.” – Professor Wilkinson-Brice, Faculty of Health and Human
“The University of Plymouth is proud of its longstanding, successful history of nursing education, accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Working in partnership with healthcare providers over the past 20 years, it has helped to develop a workforce across the region and beyond. We’re delighted that The Exeter School of Nursing is strengthening that provision.” – Professor Judith Petts CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Plymouth