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University of Warwick – Refurbishment of Scarman conference centre and hotel

J Tomlinson managed major refurbishment scheme across the University of Warwick’s Scarman conference centre and hotel.


Internal refurbishment of lounge area, removal of the existing flooring and installation of new vinyl flooring, upgrading and replacement of 350 windows, 68 external doors and 16 curtain walling systems.


University of Warwick





Summary of works

• Comprehensive refurbishment scheme, including adherance to specialist designs
• Live conference centre environment
• On time and budget delivery

Project Background

Warwick is one of the UK’s leading universities, with a widely-acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, and over 25,600 undergraduate, post-graduate and overseas students currently enrolled.

J Tomlinson was appointed by the university to undertake a major refurbishment scheme across its Scarman conference centre and hotel.

The project included internal refurbishment of the lounge area, including the removal of the existing flooring and installation of new vinyl flooring, as well as the upgrading and replacement of 350 windows, 68 external doors and 16 curtain walling systems. Other works included included the structural refurbishment of balconies, reconstruction of entrance porches, and minor structural remedial works, all completed on a live university campus.

J Tomlinson's Approach

Adherance to specialist designs

We worked closely with the client’s design partners, Baily Garner, throughout the scheme, adhering to nature-inspired designs agreed with the client for the lounge area – the focal point of Scarman House. Other design considerations implemented throughout the scheme included the replacement of the conference centre’s white timber windows with modern grey aluminium windows, as well as the upgrading of the balconies with glass balustrades in place of the original timber guardrails.

Live conference centre

Working within a live and fully-operational conference centre, J Tomlinson’s core focus throughout the scheme was to ensure the safety of all occupants and visitors whilst keeping work-related disruption to a minimum. All deliveries were scheduled well in advance, with flooring installed during evenings and weekends only. Throughout the scheme, we liaised closely with the University’s estate team, as well as conference centre staff, to stay abreast of provide and updates regarding campus and conference centre activities, allowing us to make any necessary changes to the programme. Temporary access routes were put in place to divert conference centre staff and visitors away from work areas.

The project was completed on time and budget, with no accidents or incidents throughout.

Project Achievements

ON TIME AND BUDGET COMPLETION – the project was completed on time and budget, and to a very high standard


LIVE AND FULLY OCCUPIED CONFERENCE CENTRE – we ensured minimal disruption to occupants via clear segregation of works, weekend and evening working, as well as the implementation of noise and dust-minimisation techniques


ACCIDENT AND INCIDENT-FREE PROJECT – an uncompromising approach to all aspects of health and safety combined with regular, transparent communication between all parties ensured that no accidents or incidents occurred during the project


ADHERANCE TO SPECIALIST DESIGNS – we adhered to specialist designs agreed upon between the client and Baily Garner which were implemented both internally and externally