The contractors responsible for the £5.4m refurbishment of Birmingham’s biggest residential conference venue have been announced.

Conference Aston, located on the campus of Aston University, has hired Wakefield-based PDS Design & Build, leading construction company Speller Metcalfe and office refurbishment specialists Overburyfollowing a demanding tendering process.

All three contractors will be working to a tight schedule to complete the refurbishment by November, with the trio already onsite and work underway. As part of the development, Conference Aston will be constructing brand new meeting suites, expanding its restaurant, kitchen, lounge, and bar areas as well as refurbishing 52 bedrooms.

Lucy Talbot, director at Conference Aston, said: “Given the level of investment we are making, it is essential that the finished result is superlative. We have selected three extremely competent contractors with individual specialities who showed passion and flair when bidding for the work. 

“PDS is obsessive about the quality of its finishes, which will help transform the remainder of our bedrooms into four-star hotel standard. Speller Metcalfe’s team has already shown themselves to be flexible to changes in the project timeline, which is essential given the tight completion date we have. Overbury’s pitch showed great design flair, with a creative use of colour and an impressive set of client testimonials.

“We are a national and international venue and as well as providing the facilities you would expect we must wow from the word go. This ambitious programme of refurbishment will ensure our offering remains world-class.”

Tony Shaw, managing director, Speller Metcalfe Malvern, said: “As a client, the University is really placing an emphasis on bringing their facilities up to date and the refurbishment of the conference centre facilities is a testament to this. Our team is really looking forward to being part of the wider project following our other successful university completions including the extension to Woodcock Sports Centre and the new build Aston Brain Centre.”

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