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Deanestor, was specified by the development arm of Mace for a new student housing scheme in Exeter which will provide 601 student beds. The contract for the manufacture of the kitchen and bedroom furniture was worth £2m to Deanestor.

The Project

Deanestor is supplying and fitting bespoke furniture for the ensuite bedrooms, studios and penthouses for The Depot in Exeter. The main contractor is Sir Robert McAlpine. This mixed-use, eight-storey scheme will provide quality student accommodation, retail space and high specification communal facilities including study spaces, games room and lounge.


This project, and a second scheme for Mace in Cardiff, is due to be completed in time for students to move in for the start of the 2019/20 academic year.


The Furniture Solution

Deanestor worked with Mace to develop a range of student bedroom and kitchen furniture for use on multiple schemes.


The bedroom range includes three-quarter size double beds with integral storage, wardrobes, desks, book cases and shelving. This furniture is finished in white melamine with a wood-effect trim and a contrasting feature headboard and pinboard in anthracite grey.


The studio rooms benefit from fully fitted kitchens manufactured by Deanestor and supplied with a combination oven, microwave and grill, hob and breakfast bar. These kitchens have base units and worktops in grey laminate, upper units finished in white, a stainless-steel splashback to the hob, and wood-effect edging to complement the bedroom furniture.


Deanestor is also supplying communal kitchens which will have grey laminate units and worktops, and aluminium-effect laminate plinths.


The Customer Perspective

Oliver Gardiner, Development Director, Mace:

“We have had a very positive relationship with Deanestor from the earliest design stages. Their team has been responsive and professional, working with us to develop a range of furniture options which combine longevity, value and a high standard of aesthetics to create a fresh and modern appearance for the bedrooms.”


High Quality Contract Furniture Solutions

Deanestor provides high quality contract furniture solutions to developers and contractors for healthcare, education, student accommodation, build-to-rent and laboratory projects – both new build and refurbishment. It offers bespoke design services to meet specific project requirements and is responsible for installation to provide a seamless approach for its construction clients and a single point of contact.