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Women in Construction Leading our Cambridge Student Accommodation Project

In aid of Women in construction week, this week we’ll be releasing a series of blogs based around the subject to show our full support. Rosehill are proud to have a mixed team of hard-working and dedicated male and female individuals, as well as women out on site.

In fact heading up one of our largest live student accommodation projects in Cambridge is Lynne and Kjersti.

Project Details:

Project: North West Cambridge Development

Rooms: 354 apartments

Contractor: Bam Construction

Client: University of Cambridge

Duration: November 16 – June 17

Challenges: The package includes all bespoke fitted storage furniture proving challenging for the Rosehill design team, and the large scale site mean that there are logistics and health and safety issues which need to be constantly addressed and monitored.

Other details: Rosehill are providing all FF&E for the rooms, working in conjunction with 3 different architects.

So because it’s Women in Construction week, we caught up with Lynne and Kjersti to find out more about their roles on site.

Q: Tell us a little bit about your day to day routine, what’s it like being a woman working on a construction site?

A:  All days start with a safety briefing with our fitting teams onsite.  This covers items of safety like PPE & Housekeeping but sometimes also includes a toolbox talk on a relevant topic.  We also use this time to speak to the fitting team about any issues that may be occurring onsite when fitting the furniture.  Aside from these aspects which happen daily as a matter of duty, no 2 days are the same here.  Our days can include anything from checking progress on site, to writing snagging lists and measuring rooms before we bring our furniture in.  On delivery days, we also take a role in helping the teams unload the furniture from the pallets and distribute it to the rooms.  There are also other tasks that we take which are more ‘site cabin’ based like planning meetings with the client or planning out our next delivery of furniture and writing progress reports to ensure that everyone is kept in the loop.

Q: What do you like about your jobs and working in construction?

A: We enjoy the fact that no 2 days are the same.  We also like the fact that being on site and seeing the furniture get fitted allows us to see the finished product so that we can instantly see results and feel a sense of achievement. On site we’re also a part of a big team.  It’s not just us 2 working together.  We enjoy being part of the bigger team – this includes fitters, the client and other trades.  We get on with everyone!  Plus, we keep active being onsite (we have already both lost weight through running around everywhere)… well that’s a bonus!

Lynne & Kjersti on site in their PPE

So there you have it, our two best project managers running one of our largest live projects and we’ve already had great feedback from Bam, that the girls are doing a great job and they couldn’t be happier!

Are you interested in working in construction. We’re always happy to receive new CV’s, just email hr@rosehill.co.uk 

Trends 2017

Rosehill Explore Trends For 2017

Every year we start to explore up and coming interior and furniture trends for the year ahead. We take pride in our innovative furniture solutions and styles, but we can’t take all the credit. A lot of hard work goes in to researching and finding our inspiration, so we’ve gathered a few predictions we’ve discovered online and compiled them in to a blog post.

Let us know what you think..

Mixed patterns

Trends 2017

So perhaps the above image, isn’t a style that we would use, but we’re big on using bold colours and patterns for our student accommodation projects.

Faux finishes

Trends 2017

The above image looks like an authentic rustic hard wood floor right? Well in reality, it’s concrete which has been refinished to achieve this look. Why? Well its significantly cheaper and more durable. 2017 is all about finding ways to save on money and use more cost effective materials.

Navy

Trends 2017

Navy is the new black. It’s a classic colour which just doesn’t get given enough credit. Use navy if you want to achieve a modern and timeless look.

Folding Appliances

Trends 2017

Now this is where things get interesting. In this case less is definitely more, and designs are transitioning to save space, and provide flexibility for consumers.

Quirky Lighting

Trends 2017

It’s not often that Rosehill look at lighting because it’s not really our area of expertise, but how could we not include this?

Smart features

Trends 2017

Ok so not to blow our own trumpet but we’re kind of already on this bandwagon! Rosehill already offer integrated wireless charging with some of our furniture packages, but there’s definitely room for more. In fact we’ve even seem wireless, phone integrated intercom systems.

Glass doors

Trends 2017

Internal glass doors are a big trend f0r 2017, particularly if you’re trying to make a small room appear much larger. We’re all about the tricks of the trade. You can even transition this trend through to kitchen cupboards.

Are their any other trends that you’ve picked up on and fancy letting us know about? Comment below …

 

 

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Top Tips to De-clutter for the New Year

According to Psychologists, Clutter causes our senses to work overtime and distracts us or makes us feel like there’s always work to do. This is because chaotic surroundings make it harder to focus. What better way to start the year off feeling less stressed, less worked, and more organised? Time for a de-clutter, so here’s a few handy tips to get you started..

Kitchen

One of the easiest places to start is your kitchen, simply because its much easier to start by throwing away, out of date tins, and bits of foods rather than sorting through a pile of clothes. Plus the amount of space you’ll manage to free up will be both surprising and satisfying. Once you’ve tackled the pantry cupboard, move on to sorting through dish towels, appliances and tupperware. Why not recycle old tea towels and cut them in to rags, ideal for spring cleaning? And if your hoarding a kitchen full of appliances you never use, think about selling them or giving them away instead.

Home Office

For home offices, try to keep it simple and just keep items to one side of the worktop. Not only is it more aesthetically pleasing it gives you more work space. If you tend to keep items such as CD’s, DVD’s and books, sort through them and try to donate any you don’t use anymore to a charity shop. They’ll only be gathering dust. Next it’s time to focus on some filing. Start by scanning though various letters and bits of paper and sort them in to piles/types. It will feel much more manageable and help with stress levels. Finally, back up your computer or laptop and you’ll thank us later, especially if you haven’t done this in while. Perhaps vow to do this more regularly.

Family Room

Often the family room, is a hub for toys and games. Take this time (perfect after Christmas) to get rid of the games your family no longer enjoys, and instead make space for new ones. We would recommend finding some sort of storage box to keep all toys and games hidden away neatly.  The family room is also usually home to the TV or other media items, so it’s a good idea to sort through any shelving or bookcases surrounding the focal point of the room. Firstly remove all items and give the shelves a good clean, and when you go to replace the items, think about how you style your shelves. Correct layering can really change the look and feel of a room.

Bedroom

Think about sorting through clothes and accessories around April time, nearer to Spring and when the seasons start to transition. This way you can sort through your winter clothes before storing them away, and do the same with Spring and Summer clothes as you start to unpack and wear them. Remember, any unwanted clothes and shoes in good condition can be donated to charity shops! Whilst sorting through clothes don’t forget to sort through bed linen and think about refreshing your bed sheets. Often bed sheets which have been stored in the cupboard or drawers for a while are in need of a trip to the launderette, plus what’s not to love about fresh bed sheets after a long hard day?

Bathroom

Usually the mess lies in the cabinet or towel bin. Start by sorting through the medicine cabinet or drawers and throw away any expired skin care items or things you don’t use anymore, and then clean the shelves before returning any items. Don’t forget to sieve through towels and face cloths, and recycle or throw away any which look a bit worse for wear. Plus new towels can give your bathroom a quick refresh and update!

Attic/Basement

There’s a reason we’ve saved this one until last. Probably the hardest room of the house because its naturally where we store extra clutter, things we don’t use often and things that we’re not quite ready to give away. This is usually a mixture of tools, hobbies and arts & crafts, and Christmas decorations. Having taken down your tree probably only a few weeks ago it might be a good idea to sort through old decorations now whilst it’s still fresh in your mind, and it means you’ve got a whole year to plan and prepare for next years magical theme! Try to organise different items in to different piles or storage boxes and label, so when the day comes and you do eventually need to use the tool box you know exactly where to look. You’ll be surprised that simple organisational practices will impact your mentality and day to day life.

 

So there’s a few tips to get you started and clutter-free. Let us know your thoughts..

 

 

 

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Looking back at 2016

Rosehill are heading in to 2017 more optimistic than ever, so we’ve decided to reflect on 2016- the high’s and the low’s.

We’ve had some great team members come and go but we’re heading in to this year with a team we are really confident with. Not only have we also had internal promotions, in 2016 Rosehill were delighted to introduce Mark Foster to the team, as our new Managing Director. We even put him on the spot for a quick Q&A and we’re excited for the year ahead.

2016 was a challenging year and we were met with some tough deadlines but we finished the year with a new portfolio of student accommodation projects. However for 2017 we’re dedicated to upping our game. Our goal is to build strong and long-lasting relationships with contractors and clients and we’re certain we can continue to improve our services.

Now we’re heading in to the new year with some great projects in the pipeline, and last year we announced one of our new contracts awarded  for completion in Spring 2017.

We’ve got high expectations for 2017, with aims to branch out in to contract kitchens as well as care home sectors. Plus we’re hoping to update our website and present Rosehill with a whole new, modernised look.

Keep checking our blog for more updates and details on any new projects we’ll be working on for 2017.

 

Career at Rosehill

Welcome to the Rosehill Team!

Its full steam ahead at Rosehill HQ, and the team just keeps on growing. Rosehill are delighted to welcome two new members to the team in time for some great student accommodation projects we have in the pipeline.

Jade joins our commercial team, as a project co-ordinator. With a background as an account executive working in an agency, she’s really looking forward to joining our team and learning about a whole new industry. In Jade’s spare time she enjoys cooking, red wine and yoga… I think we can get on board with the wine part!

Ross joins us as our newest project manager and he’ll be heading up Newcastle site, one of our biggest projects for 2017! We’re confident he’ll do a great job with years’ of experience in the industry already.

We’re currently looking for a new estimator to join our dedicated team. If you’re interested in finding a career at Rosehill, then please send your CV and covering letter to marketing@rosehill.co.uk

 

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Rosehill New Team Members

In time for the New Year, Rosehill are pleased to be extending our dedicated team at our HQ.

Towards the end of the year we’ll be starting on some major projects and to help us we’ve hired a new project co-ordinator and another in-house designer.

Ellie is our newest member of the commercial team, working alongside our quantity surveyors, she joins us as a Project Co-ordinator, and will be ensuring our projects run smoothly from start to finish. With a background as a supply chain finance analyst, Ellie is eager to learn more about our industry and get stuck in to our newest projects.

With a growing number of projects in the horizon, and Rosehill offering design consultancy services, we are delighted to welcome Jennifer to our team as a designer. Jennifer has joined us from a background in commercial interior design and we are confident she will be a perfect fit for Rosehill.

We love our hardworking and dedicated team and we thrive off a fun working environment. We’re always on the lookout for new members to join the Rosehill family, so if you’re interested in working with us, please send your CV and covering letter to.

 

Student Accommodation

New Project Awarded – Somerset Road Birmingham

Rosehill Project Management are delighted to secure the FF&E package for the Somerset Road, student accommodation scheme in Birmingham. Rosehill will be working for T H Michaels Construction on the refurbishment project, which will accommodate 36 rooms in total and 7 kitchens.

Rosehill are thrilled to be designing, supplying and installing the furniture for the scheme and work will commence on site in January 2017. Each room is entirely unique with a different design brief and specification, so the Rosehill design team are working hard to ensure the design of each room is complete efficiently and of high standard ready for work to commence early next year.

Each bedroom will include a comfortable cabin bed with integrated storage, as well as stylish, living and learning space for students such as desks, bookcases and additional storage. Rosehill will also be supplying seating and communal area furniture for the kitchens. All Rosehill furniture is manufactured using innovative and robust designs, with high quality materials to ensure a 15 year product life cycle.

The ultimate client for the project is Spring 4, and Rosehill are excited to commence work with two new partners. The project is expected to be completed in February 2017, with a quick turn arond ready for University students to move in, the next academic year.

Student Accommodation

For more information on the above project please contact our Marketing Executive Stephanie Maguire, alternatively you can follow us on Twitter @Rosehill_Group for regular updates.

Maximise kitchen space

How to Maximise Space in a Small Kitchen

The tiny home trend, is really big right now especially within our market amongst student accommodation and apartment living. However, the hardest room to organise is most often the kitchen and your small home maybe become the bane of your existence when space is precious. We’ve got a few simple tips so you can maximise every inch.

Put wheels on it

A rolling kitchen trolley or island is perfect for a small kitchen. Wheel it in when you need some extra counter space, and hide it away when you don’t – Simple!

Utilise wall space

Why not install some hooks, knife racks or rods to store your utensils, and pots and pans.

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Conquer corner space

There are a range of corner cupboards on the market now to help utilise the space which often goes to waste. Try one like this one here ..

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Opt for the built in approach

You’ll have much more counter space if you opt for a built in approach, with handy alcoves, to store appliances and other cooking supplies.

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Use the inside of doors

The inside of cupboard doors can be used to organise spices, utensils or even cleaning products.

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Double up your shelf space

You can purchase shelf racks very cheap and it instantly doubles your cupboard space.

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Keep it clean

Opt for a minimalist look in order to stop your small kitchen from looking cluttered.

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Choose small appliances

If your dead set on buying a dish washer, then why not choose a smaller version like this one here, or even opt for multi-functional appliances such as a washer/dryer.

Maximise kitchen space

Let us know what you think of our space saving ideas and follow us over on twitter @Rosehill_Group

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Q+A with Rosehill’s new Managing Director

So last week we introduced the newest member of the Rosehill family; our Managing director, Mark. I bet you’re just as intrigued and excited as we are, so here’s a snippet in to the future and what you can expect from Rosehill over the next few months.

What attracted to you to come to Rosehill?

Rosehill have a rich history of providing quality products and services at affordable prices. I’ve competed against them in the past on various projects and have always been impressed with their professional approach to design, manufacturing standards and the quality of their installation. When the opportunity arose to take on the role of M.D. it was an easy decision to work for a company I already knew of and highly respected.

How’s your first week at Rosehill HQ been?

The short answer is hectic. The summer months for our business are the busiest in the whole year. So much is happening and the amount of information I am having to digest is huge. That said, it’s been a great first week!

What are you most excited about for the future at Rosehill?

The potential of the people that work here. We have a great infrastructure at the centre of which are a team of people who are passionate, dedicated and hungry to succeed and grow with the business. I look forward to getting to know everyone more.

Do you have any plans to make changes or expand the company?

Absolutely. There are a number of markets within the industry that we don’t deal with yet, but have the people and expertise within the business to target and be very successful in. We’ve already started to take the first steps to do this. Watch this space.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below of tweet us over at @Rosehill_Group

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Welcome to the team: Rosehill’s new Managing Director

Things at Rosehill HQ are ticking over nicely for Summer 2016 with all projects on track for completion. Due to company growth and expansion, Rosehill Project Management are excited to be branching out in to Care home and commercial furniture, and we are delighted to welcome on board our new Managing Director, Mark Foster.

Mark joins us with over 28 years industry experience in commercial fit out, office, care home and PRS furniture. Having worked for 2 of the largest office furniture manufacturers in the world, as well as running and managing his own companies, we are very happy to welcome him to the Rosehill family, and the whole team is excited to learn from both his knowledge and expertise on the industry.

Now looking forward to a new challenge, Mark joins the team with big plans for Rosehill, leading us in to a new market for 2017. Watch this space…

For more updates, make sure you’re following us on Twitter @Rosehill_Group.