CSE Innovation Centre

University of Westminster

  • Client

    University of Westminster

  • Contractor

    Willmott Dixon logo

  • Value


  • Completion Date

    Autumn 2021

The Challenge

Willmott Dixon were appointed to deliver a £1.6m refurbishment in time for the 2021/2022 academic year. In order to meet this deadline, there was a very restricted programme, which was to be delivered in an occupied building.

The University of Westminster wanted to improve the overall student experience by creating flexible and engaging multi-purpose spaces.

The Solution

Specialist teams from Willmott Dixon refurbished the ground and lower ground floors at the university’s building.

On the ground floor, three existing rooms have been repurposed to create a new, single, and accessible open plan area for work-based learning, with non-structural walls removed to enlarge the space.

A new heating and cooling system was implemented to improve the building’s thermal efficiency. Other improvements consisted of new lighting, flooring and stackable furniture, and a new AV system, including the latest display technology for wireless projection.

The Results

The 10-week project has delivered 8,500 sq ft of flexible and engaging space across 8 weeks within the building’s CSE Innovation Centre. The new space has been designed to switch between a 40 seater programming lab and a collaborative working area.

The space is also used to showcase student work, research posters sessions, and presentations, and act as additional meeting space.

Delivered on time enabling use at the beginning of the 2021/2022 academic year.

Client Testimonials

Willmott Dixon Interiors has delivered a fantastic project. Despite a very restricted programme in an occupied building, they completed the works on time. Their team was very professional, proactive and hardworking. They showed great collaboration with the building users and provided regular updates on the progress. The Innovation Space is superb and will attract a lot of students and visitors. I will be very happy to work WDI again in the future.

We are extremely pleased that this project has been successfully delivered, it has really highlighted the benefits of the SCF’s collaborative process and I am sure the students will enjoy their new state of the art facilities.

This is an exciting project that has re-imagined the space across two floors of the Cavendish Building at the University of Westminster. We have created a highly engaging and multipurpose workspace that delivers enhanced teaching and learning facilities to enrich the student experience and showcase the School to potential applicants.

SCF Framework Manager

James Wright

Email: james.wright@hants.gov.uk

Phone: 07761 330560

Contractor Framework Manager

Guy Dawes

Email: guy.dawes@willmottdixon.co.uk

Phone: 07989179444