University of Derby, Bramdale House, 67 Bridge Street, Derby


Size: 10,700 sq ft

Value: £965k

Duration: Phase 1: 26 weeks
Phase 2: 7 weeks

Project: Alterations to create student union building

Contract: JCT Design & Build Contract


The works comprise of demolition to courtyard buildings and complete renovation/conversion of existing showroom and workshop block. The brief was to create a multi-use space, encompassing a student union bar and kitchen, café area, social learning space and first floor office accommodation with meeting spaces.



The building is set across a number of different levels which were addressed to maximise accessibility across the space.

Ground floor bar, café and social learning areas utilised the ample natural light provided by the new large sections of glazing to the front elevation.

Limited natural light and ventilation on the first floor open plan office space was carefully addressed in the space planning of these areas.

The building is adjacent to, and shares a courtyard with the University-owned Banks’ Mill. The Mill is occupied by a number of art, craft and design start-ups, and it envisaged that these businesses will utilise the retail and gallery space created within the building.

The site was constrained and adjacent businesses, including Banks’ Mill and the Universities Halls of Residence were operational during the course of the works.

The conversion of the undercroft to bio laboratories required extensive groundworks in a confined space with difficult access and egress logistics. Our contracts manager, in conjunction with our in-house health & safety advisor, devised site specific risk assessments and method statements to ensure the works were carried out to the highest safety standards.

‘‘Repurposing an old fireplace showroom and workshop block, the conversion has been remarkable.”

Paul Ruane, Head of Estates Development University of Derby