Case Studies

Sustainable on-site repairs for Leeds University

5th August 2019

The University of Leeds’ Nexus development is a new innovation hub for students and the local community alike, as well as for national and international organisations looking to build collaborative partnerships between entrepreneurs, businesses and world-leading researchers.

Key Information

  • Project: Nexus, University of Leeds
  • Client: Galliford Try
  • Estimated overall build cost: £38m
  • Length of project: Four weeks
  • Number of finishers on the job: Four


Costing almost £40m and taking two and a half years to complete, the building’s 6,684m2 footprint is comprised of state-of-the-art facilities spread over six floors on the university’s campus.

After contractor Galliford Try completed the build earlier this year, it brought in Plastic Surgeon to restore damage at locations across the site including various offices, lecture theatres, laboratories and exhibition spaces.


A large-scale project like the Nexus development inevitably experiences an array of scratches, dents and scuffs, caused during the fit-out phase of the build.

Four of Plastic Surgeon’s specialist finishers were sent in to utilise their specialist skillset and repair hundreds of items of damage across the site. A diverse array of surfaces required restoration including aluminium window frames, curtain walling, internal doors and worktops, although the window frames were the most prominent features needing fixing.

As a result of our repairs almost six tonnes worth of damaged items were saved from heading to landfill, a significant saving that supports Galliford Try’s commitment to environmentally friendly building.

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What did the client think?

The client commended the finishers for their efficiency and the high-quality work on the project. The landfill savings achieved serve to highlight how repair over replacement can not only save time and money, but also boost the sustainability credentials of the site.

The Assistant Site Manager on the project added “I was very pleased with the quality of the repairs carried out by the guys. They were a pleasure to work with and I will certainly be in touch in the future for any further works”.

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