24 July 2015

Exeter based construction firm Dawnus Construction has been awarded two building contracts with a combined value of over £15 million in the South West region.

Dawnus has been awarded an £8.5 million contract by Downing Students Exeter Ltd to design and build a new high-quality student accommodation building on Western Way, Exeter. The site was occupied by Kingfisher and Stag House, which had been vacant for over a year before demolition.

The new five-storey building will provide over 200 studio apartments for students, complete with common areas, reception, laundry and day rooms.

The development will relieve pressure on local housing stock by allowing buildings in the student private rental sector to return to use by the community.

Works commenced on site in June and are due for completion in June 2016.

Dawnus has also commenced works on a £7.2 million contract by Generator South West to convert and extend two buildings, Huller House and the Cheese Warehouse, which occupy a prime riverside location in the centre of Bristol.

Huller House is Grade II listed, while the Cheese Warehouse has been identified as a building of special architectural merit due to its unique Hennebique reinforced concrete structure. These buildings have been vacant for over 20 years and have fallen into disrepair.

The buildings, adjacent to the Floating Harbour on Redcliff Backs, will be redeveloped to provide 50 high-quality apartments and a commercial unit. The development will comprise five floors of one, two and three bedroom apartments converted from the existing warehouse, with an extra two floors of new-build development to the Cheese Warehouse and a single new-build level to Huller House. 166 sqm of commercial office space will be provided in the basement of Huller House. Car parking will be provided for the two and three bedroom apartments, with extensive storage space for bicycles.

A new publically accessible covered walkway on the Floating Harbour will complete the eastern riverside pedestrian route from Bristol Bridge to Redcliffe Bridge. Changing facilities will also be provided for members of Bristol Cruising Club, who have moorings on the adjacent pontoons.

Works are due for completion in June 2016.

Dawnus Regional Director Rob Williams said: “Dawnus is delighted to have been chosen to deliver these two schemes. These projects will allow us to contribute to the local economies by providing high-quality accommodation and bringing the sites back into beneficial use.”