Stapleton House

Links have developed a strong relationship with Unite and having completed the 1000 bed scheme, Stratford One, understand the quality that Unite require for their student housing.

The £39m scheme, Stapleton House is a ten storey development consisting of three buildings located on Holloway Road, Islington. The project will provide 862 new student beds including cluster flats and studios. Also offering commercial space, reception areas and common rooms with the project team commencing on site in January 2016. Links are constantly investing in product development, bringing new innovations and solutions to not only this project, but the market as a whole.

Links CEO Deborah Tebay-Williams remarks, ‘Links are proud to be working together with Balfour Beatty to deliver a further key project on behalf of Unite-Students and look forward to bringing our creative intelligence to the table once more.’

Stapleton House will be welcoming students in September 2016.

Ablett House

Our Senior Design Manager, Frances talks about the process used to create the space ‘Each scheme has been designed according to its location which is reflected in our choice of materials, colour scheme and artwork. All of the social spaces have their own identity and create a home from home for the students. The designs incorporate different zones for students to relax, study and enjoy the spaces whilst creating a hub to meet up with other residents and feel part of the community.’.

Ablett House is an outstanding example of how Links incorporate contemporary, functional design with the local history of the site location – design that supports quality is a natural part of Links brand identity and soul.

Client feedback is hugely important to Links, and this year it has been extremely positive – ‘they look fantastic – exactly the kind of impact and uplift in specification that we envisaged when we first engaged with you last year’.

Vanessa

Vanessa is generating new business opportunities with both the University and Private Sector Accommodation Providers, whilst building and maintaining existing relationships within both sectors, she comments ‘I want to ensure Links FF&E are the number one brand within their market… My goal is to continue to work in this sector providing services to this market and to continue creating more opportunities and offering excellent account management.’

Links’ success is based on the continued enthusiasm of the staff and on encouraging renewing corporate culture. Vanessa has 16 years’ experience in both university and private sector Student accommodation, giving her an unprecedented insight into this fast paced and ever changing industry making her a welcome addition to the Links team

Student Employee of the Year

Working alongside Salford University Marina has made a huge impact here at Links and we are delighted that she has gained the recognition she deserves.

Marina was presented with this award at the Student Life Awards Annual Ceremony, which celebrates all those students who have taken part in the Salford Advantage Awards as well as recognising the achievements of individuals who have excelled in certain areas.

As a result of this Marina has been entered into the regional SEOTY competition, taking place this month and we have the highest confidence that Marina will be in for a great chance!

BIM 4 SME Award

This is great news for Links, solidifying the success of our recent implementation of BIM. Marina, our strategic BIM Manager recently attended the BIM Show Live where she took part in the BIM for SMEs discussion panel. Which was a great success – giving the audience an opportunity to pose questions about Links’ implementation and the challenges we have faced.

The awards are taking place on the 18th June 2015, be sure to check back for an update!

BIM Update

The first stage was to set a benchmark of best practice of BIM within the UK. The second was to review and analyse Links’ work process and workflows – allowing us to view our strengths and see where we have room for improvement. We are currently coming to the end of Stage 3 – Process re-engineering, where we are looking into how to exploit technologies to improve our workflow.

Via workshops and meetings our Strategic BIM Manager, Marina has informed and listened to the feedback of all Links employees – a fantastic example of how BIM can improve collaboration helping us to move forward.

Marina recently attended BIM Show Live 2015 where she was part of a panel discussing BIM for SMEs. Marina touched on the challenges ahead and how successful the implementation has been for Links, the event was a great success and Links look forward to attending in the future.

Links has an exciting period ahead, with the implementation of new technology and putting our BIM strategy into practice. Links are definitely on track to be fully operational in a BIM environment from design, through to manufacture and fitting.

AUDE 2015

Links, being the market leaders within the sector, embraced the opportunity to showcase their unique ability to design, manufacture and install student accommodation for the millennial student.

Whilst having the opportunity to catch up with existing clients and professionals such as main contractors and architects, the team were enthused to have been given the chance of meeting senior personnel from Universities spanning the whole of the United Kingdom.

Stirling University were perfect hosts and the team at Links had a thoroughly enjoyable 3 days.

The Student Housing Company, Arran House

Working on behalf of the Student Housing Company (http://thestudenthousingcompany.com/), Links will be responsible for the manufacture and installation of over 300 Bedrooms, 63 Kitchens and 36 Studio Apartments.

Arran house is ideally situated within walking distance from both Edinburgh University and Napier University and a short commute from Herriot Watt – being a great addition to the Student Housing Company’s existing portfolio. The Accommodation will be open to Students from September 2015.

Design At Links

The members of our Design team have in depth knowledge of CAD (Computer Aided Design), interior design and the creation of exceptional CGI’s. This wealth of invaluable knowledge allows us to raise the bar in the way student accommodation is delivered.

Having this unique team in-house allows us to cater directly to our client’s needs from the very start of the process. Meaning we can not only oversee the manufacture, installation and after care of the project but also design every aspect of the scheme; whether it be a Kitchen, Bedroom, Studio or Social Space.

Vision of Bedford

This project was special due to its innovative construction method, whereby the rooms were completely fitted off site in Bedford, transported to Wembley and crane lifted into the structure, Using ‘Vison Modular Structures’.

The Vision Structural module arrives to site almost fully finished internally with many services in place. Plumbing and wiring are completed in the module withsite connections required between adjacent modules and into the cores. Kitchens and bathrooms are complete with all fixed furniture in place.

Links are always keen to work on projects with new and exciting construction methods and with the use of Visual Modular Structures Karma House certainly didn’t disappoint.