London Division complete two University schemes

Borras specialist London Division recently handed over projects to The Queen Mary University of London and The University of Westminster in time for the start of the new academic year.

Queen Mary University of London

This £1.0m, 36 week long scheme at The Queen Mary University of London in Farringdon involved the construction of a new build cryogenics store on the universities Charterhouse Square campus.


Completion of the new one storey facility has doubled the Universities Cryogenic Unit’s storage capabilities, vastly improving the volume of research that can be conducted on site. Inside, the new build homes twenty Dewar tanks which are maintained at a constant temperature of -198 degrees centigrade and fed from a newly installed 5,250 liquid nitrogen bulk tank, in total they are capable of containing over 1 million biological samples at any one time.


Mechanical and electrical installations within the new facility included a state-of-the-art oxygen monitoring system, climate control, ventilation units and fire and intruder alarms, all of which were linked to the University’s existing central monitoring network. Works concluded with the demolition of a temporary store which was constructed at the start of the project and required to home samples whilst the new build was under construction.

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This, £870k 13 week long scheme involved the refurbishment of two existing student accommodation blocks for The University of Westminster.


Twelve shared accommodation flats containing 1 communal kitchen, 2 communal bathrooms and 6 bedrooms each were refurbished within the first block. The properties, within the Alexander Fleming Halls, were located on floors 1-3 of a building within the heart of Shoreditch. The ground floor was occupied by various retail units, all of which remained open and unaffected throughout the works. Refurbishment works included the installation of new tiled bathrooms, fitted kitchens with granite worktops, general decorations throughout, new flooring and the replacement of bedroom vanity units.


Works within the second block, located adjacent to the first, involved refurbishments to bedrooms only, in total 36 bedrooms were delivered across 3 floors.

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Our London Division, headed up by newly appointed Director Robert Broadfield, delivered both schemes on time and to budget. Robert’s promotion illustrates both his teams recent success and Borras’ ambition to build our presence within London markets.

Robert joined us to help establish the London Division which was formed at the start of 2016 and quickly become an integral part of the business. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate him on his promotion, very well deserved Robert!


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