WEEKEND: LIVING SPACE: Making a Clean Start at the End of Term

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), December 7, 2002 | Go to article overview

WEEKEND: LIVING SPACE: Making a Clean Start at the End of Term


Byline: Rachel Pinder

A MASSIVE clean-up operation is underway this weekend, as staff at Warwick University prepare to transform the students' halls of residences into hotel-style accommodation. They have just over 24 hours to get the rooms ready for conference delegates arriving for events over the festive break.

STUDENTS aren't notorious for being tidy. Half-eaten pot snacks and piles of steaming unwashed clothes are just some of the things you might find strewn on the floor in a typical student bedroom.

And the kitchen is usually a place to avoid - with weeks of washing up piling high in the sink, and stacks of empty beer cans jostling for position with traffic cones and empty take-away pizza boxes.

So the idea that these rooms could be transformed into hotel-standard accommodation seems quite absurd.

And the idea of being able to do it in just over 24 hours seems even more unrealistic.

But Warwick University is proof that it can be done, as they do just that at the end of every term, so it is ready to welcome conference delegates attending events staged by Warwick Conferences throughout the holiday period.

They call it "black-bag city" - and a dramatic makeover of the university's on-campus accommodation is underway this weekend.

An army of 350 cleaning staff from across the university is moving in today at 10am to transform the facilities.

They will have until 3pm tomorrow to complete the mammoth task, and students who want to stay on campus over the holiday period are given alternative rooms.

The rooms are thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom, all the bed linen is changed, and various items are placed in the 870 ensuite rooms and 400 standard rooms to bring them up to hotel standard - a television, clock radio, hair dryer, bedding, kettle, coffee and tea-making items, cup, saucer, spoon, bath towel, hand towel, bath mat, soap, shampoo, shower gel and plastic glass.

The bathrooms and kitchens are also given a thorough overhaul - the fridges and freezers are defrosted and all food waste is thrown away. …

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