Overbury is celebrating a significant milestone after securing the first ever SKA for higher education rating. 

The fit out and refurbishment specialist has created a dedicated School of Arts & Social Sciences students’ reception area at City, University of London, alongside new meeting rooms and zones for staff and students to work, study and meet. Spanning 6,135 sq ft in the Rhind building, the refurbishment started in July and set out to follow environmental and sustainable good practice as standard.  

Joe Croft, head of environmental and sustainability

Joe Croft, head of environmental and sustainability at Overbury, who sits on the SKA technical committee, comments: “Delivering the first ever SKA for higher education rated project is a proud moment for our team. It’s a privilege to work with clients who strive for environmental excellence and we're delighted to have been part of City, University of London’s journey.

“The demand from students for sustainable spaces that have minimal environmental impact is huge and SKA for higher education challenges good practice benchmarks within the sector. Rather than just trying to meet the current industry expectations, the new scheme encourages environmental innovation, greater professionalism and improved standards.”

Overbury has an established specialist higher education fit out and refurbishment team that works across the UK, delivering projects for all of The Russell Group universities, as well as a number of higher education clients. These include the University of Salford, Aston University, King’s College London and the University of Portsmouth, to name a few. 

Other environmental achievements include: the first SKA for offices Gold rating, the highest BREEAM (Outstanding) rating for an office fit out and the first LEED Gold office in the UK. Overbury also delivered the first ‘Outstanding’ rated office under the new BREEAM Refurbishment & Fit Out (RFO) 2014 scheme.

Read Bringing environmental good practice to higher education fit out for more insight. 

Project team:

  • Architect: Rivington Street Studio
  • Quantity Surveyor: Summers Inman      
  • M&E Consultant: Rolton Group 
  • Project Management: City, University of London
  • SKA Assessor: Rider Levett Bucknall