Case Study


Manchester Metropolitan University – Ormond Building


Manchester Metropolitan University
Conlon Construction
July 2019
June 2020
Form of Contract
Delivery Type

This project involved the full refurbishment and remodelling of the Grade II listed Ormond Building including all office spaces, meeting rooms, kitchens and toilets with roofing works including installation of a new man safe system and plant replacement.

Works included demolition of existing partitions to form new open plan offices; new kitchen; ceilings; full M&E; plaster repairs; full redecoration; new floor coverings and FF&E. Externally, we replaced the roof coverings, provided new sash windows and carried out extensive stone repairs.

Throughout the extensive refurbishment works, the adjoining Cavendish Building remained live, with a shared main entrance, a number of shared corridors and
fire escape routes. The Ormond Building is located centrally within a very busy city centre university campus.

Engagement Benefits
• 52 apprenticeship weeks were generated on the project.
• First Aid, Asbestos Awareness and PASMA Mobile Access training have all been undertaken on the project.
• We have helped Manchester College to set up the ACE Scholarship to assist the pupils with their T-Levels – 3 students have been involved on the project.
• A number of fundraising events have been undertaken by various members of the project team including going sober for a month and a charity curry day.
• A free prostate screening event was held at Manchester Library in association with the Walnut Group charity.
• 8 apprentices have worked on the project.
• 4 members of staff attended Wood Street Mission prior to the Christmas period to provide voluntary help with the distribution of Christmas presents. This included the provision of a driver and a van for 2 days.
• CSR Manager, Neil Conlon visited 2 local schools during the duration of the project to assist with CV writing, interview practice and teaching the pupils about the various careers available within the construction industry.

‘The ‘one team’ approach from both client and contractor was excellent and ultimately essential, in order to progress a very difficult project to completion. In the
midst of Covid-19 and the resulting resource and supply chain issues, Conlons worked tirelessly to ensure the site was safe to operate, in order to progress successfully to achieve Practical Completion’  Lee Nicholson, Project Manager – MMU.