Sanctuary Students

Graham + Sibbald received instructions from Sanctuary Students to undertake a refurbishment project of student accommodation bedrooms and kitchens across three sites; Nick Everton House (Manchester), Moor Lan (Preston) and Marybone 1 (Liverpool) in the Summer of 2019.

Having undertaken Project Management services on behalf of Sanctuary Students in the past, Graham + Sibbald were familiar with the requirements for the three sites and therefore best able to deliver the client with a reliable and high-quality service.

Having worked with Sanctuary Group for a number of years, Graham + Sibbald have built up an excellent working relationship with Sanctuary Students.

We deliver a highly effective Project Management service for a wide variety of both private and public sectors clients, covering residential, commercial and industrial sectors amongst others. We can design, organise and manage all aspects of a construction project, leading from inception through to completion.

Our management service adds alue at every step of the way: We ensure that projects are optimally designed and resourced and that they progress as smoothly as possible. We are experts at minimising costs and at managing complex, multi-disciplinary teams. We can also deal with all logistical and compliance issues, ensuring that all relevant financial, statutory and legislative requirements are fully complied with.


Collaborative working between our Glasgow and Manchester Building Surveying teams was arrangved in order to manage the three separate refurbishment projects with sufficient resource to meet strict timescales and deadline as set by the client.

The use of the past experience on similar projects with application of lessons learned from previous projects aided in minimising site delays.

Full contract administration was carried out by Graham + Sibbald right through to completion of all three projects.

Key Challenges

Due to the buildings being student occupied, there was a very limited seven-week timescale during the Summer holidays to undertake works across the three separate sites.


All projects were successfully delivered on time and cumulatively came under budget.

Key Message

G+S’s experience with these properties previously and in providing project management services for a range of clients has allowed them to deliver this project with minimal disruption, delay and kept costs on track.

The ability to draw from staff knowledge, experience and resources across a number of offices to deliver the highest quality service is one of the reasons why G+S are one of the largest and most respected Chartered Surveying firms.

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"Delivering these time-critical projects present an array of challenges for us and our stakeholders. From the outset, the G+S team worked at pace to reflect our requirements and developed a strong collaborative approach among the project teams. The built constructive relationships with our site operational teams, providing transparency and ensuring logistical challenges were resolved ahead of delivery. Project progress and quality control were forthcoming and comprehensive which ultimately led to all projects being delivered on time and under budget. Occupiers and stakeholders have given very positive feedback for professional service, thorough communication and the final product that we have received." -Robb Clegg, Operations Manager, Sanctuary Group