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Polden development update

📥  Polden, Polden accommodation, Uncategorized

Welcome to the twelfth monthly update with news to keep you informed on the new Polden Student Accommodation project.

December has been yet another very busy month, despite the inclement weather the concrete frame has continued to progress, whilst inside the building  plastering and decorating are picking up pace!

Due to the bad weather, the first tower crane dismantle has been delayed and will now remain in place until the end of January.  The build team continue to liaise with all relevant University departments on all deliveries expected on the campus to minimise disruption as much as possible.

Outside, the builders are installing more windows and façade boarding and have started installing brackets for the cladding system.  They are also completing drainage works in the ground, so they can clear the way for the architectural finishes to the façades. Inside the building, plastering progress is increasing and carpenters are now on site, preparing to install many thousands of meters of skirting boards and several hundred door frames.  The carpenters are also starting to prepare the floors, ready for furniture to be installed on top.

The forthcoming month will see the pace of construction works continue to increase.  You will see significant changes to the façade of the buildings while internally more and more bedrooms will be formed and progressed.

Your continued patience and understanding whilst construction works are ongoing is very much appreciated, and the construction team will continue to work closely with the University Estates, AHS, and Security teams to minimise disruption as much as possible.

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The Milner Centre for Evolution project update

📥  Uncategorized

Welcome to the twelfth monthly update aimed at keeping you up to speed on the new Milner Centre for Evolution Project. Site managers Tomasz Magiera, Firhan Rudorf-Saeed and Andy Gimber are on site throughout the working day and should be the first point of contact for any issues. The team are continuing to hold weekly meetings with the users of Building 4SA, and attend the monthly University Contractor’s meeting with a view to keeping our staff and students informed of our works and to give notice of any potential disruption.

Works to install the roof and make the building substantially water tight are still ongoing. The initial layer of vapour barrier has been installed across the different steps in the roof, and the works are now focussing on installing the insulation and the rest of the Bauder roof system. Internal walls are continuing to go up on both floors with the ductwork and necessary containment for all of the electrical equipment currently being installed. The build team are also just over midway into the works associated with screeding the underfloor heating areas.

Both the brickwork and stonework is continuing to be installed all around the perimeter at low and high level. The installation of the grey Kingspan cladding is nearly complete with only a few areas remaining to be covered up. The next sequence of works will see the white/cream Marley Eternit cladding panels being installed to the North elevation.

The plant compound has now been formed which is the housing unit for the building’s transformers and generators. This phase will also see the remaining drainage works being carried out to conclusion while the investigation works for the attenuation tank is ongoing.

As with last month’s update, the construction team would like to make it know that they are continuously working closely with the University’s Estates & Security teams to make sure that this works has a minimal effect on the users of the car park. In agreement with the University, there will be building work over the next few weekends.

As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding whilst the construction phase is ongoing.

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Polden development update

📥  Polden

Welcome to the eleventh monthly update with news to keep you informed on the new Polden Student Accommodation project.

November has been yet another very busy month, with concrete frame to the last block nearing completion and work now well-underway on the internal fit-out.

The first two blocks are now sufficiently progressed to allow one of the two Tower Cranes to be dismantled.  This will be taking place towards the end of December.  The build team continue to liaise with all relevant university departments on all deliveries expected on the campus to minimise disruption as much as possible.

The appearance of the first and second buildings is changing practically on a daily basis; a significant number of windows are now installed and we are about to commence setting out of our cladding system.

Internally the bedrooms are now taking shape, with plasterboard works progressing well and mechanical and electrical installations moving ahead of this.  Carpenters will also be starting work on the internal joinery after Christmas. The forthcoming month will see the pace of construction works increase.  You will see significant changes to the façade of the buildings and internally more and more bedrooms will be formed.

The build team would like to remind staff and students that they appreciate all your patience and understanding whilst the construction work is ongoing, and that they continue to work closely with the University Estates, AHS, and Security teams to minimise disruption as much as possible.

 

Repairs to Virgil Building courtyard

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📥  The Virgil Building

Essential resurfacing work to the courtyard at the Virgil Building will begin on 13 December and take approximately two to three weeks to complete.

To keep any disruption to a minimum, the majority of the heavy work will take place over the weekend of 16 and 17 December.

Drainage and remedial work will take place outside of these dates which may cause some noise disruption. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

 

The Milner Centre for Evolution project update

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📥  Milner Centre

Welcome to the eleventh monthly update aimed at keeping you up to speed on the new Milner Centre for Evolution Project.

Site managers Tomasz Magiera, Firhan Rudorf-Saeed and new addition to the team, Andy Gimber, are on site throughout the working day. They should be the first point of contact for any issues and are continuing to hold weekly meetings with the users of Building 4SA. They also attend the monthly University contractor’s meeting with a view to keeping staff and students informed of the works and to give notice of any potential disruption.

Works to install the roof and make the building substantially water tight are currently ongoing, and this will be achieved as soon as the initial layer of vapour barrier is installed. Internally, the walls are continuing to go up on both floors with the duct work and necessary containment for all of the electrical and data currently being installed. The exposed soffits in the offices have now been decorated and finished to a high standard. The team will be starting the screeding works for the underfloor heating in the coming weeks.

Externally, the building is continuing to take shape. The brickwork and stonework is being installed all around the perimeter at low and high level, and more windows have now been installed on all elevations. The installation of the cladding is continuing to progress with the grey Kingspan on the South and West elevations.

The next phase of groundwork has also begun this month which will see the plant compound being excavated in preparation for the housing unit for the building’s transformers and generators. This phase will also see the remaining drainage works being carried out to conclusion. The investigation works for the attenuation tank have started this week, and the build team will be working closely with our Estates and Security teams to make sure that this works has a minimal effect on the users of the car park.

In agreement with the University, builders will be working over the next two weekends. Please note that the site will be shut for the Christmas break from Friday 25 December and will be reopening on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding whilst the construction phase is ongoing.

 

The Milner Centre for Evolution Project update

📥  Uncategorized

Welcome to the tenth monthly update aimed at keeping you up to speed on the new Milner Centre for Evolution Project. Site managers Tomasz Magiera and Firhan Rudorf-Saeed are on site throughout the working day and should be the first point of contact for any issues. They are continuing to hold weekly meetings with the users of Building 4SA, and attend the monthly University Contractor’s meeting with a view to keeping staff and students informed of our works and to give notice of any potential disruption.

Works to install the roof and make the building substantially water tight have begun, and this will be achieved as soon as the initial layer of vapour barrier is installed.

As well as the ground floor, the internal walls have started to go up on the first floor, along with containment baskets for all of the cables and ventilation duct work within the building. The exposed soffits in the offices have started to be decorated and will be finished soon.

Externally, the building is continuing to take shape with brickwork being installed around the perimeter at low level, with a number of windows now installed on the South and East elevations. The installation of the cladding has begun this month and, as well as the grey Kingspan cladding panels, the site has also taken delivery of the Marley Eternit panels and cladding panels that make up the unique DNA strand on the North elevation.

The investigation works for the attenuation tank are still not planned and, as reported in last month’s update, WRW will endeavour to give the University adequate warning as to when the works will be carried out.

Last month was particularly busy with site visits most notably on Monday 9 October when the University played host to Dr Milner, and around 50 VIP guests and University staff with the building’s Topping Out Ceremony. WRW are also pleased to have taken 21 First Year Civil Engineering students on a tour of the building. Lots of smiles and positive feedback has been received from both of these visits.

As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding whilst the construction phase is ongoing.

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Polden development update

📥  Uncategorized

Welcome to the tenth monthly update with news to keep you informed on the new Polden Student Accommodation project.

October has been yet another very busy month, with the main frame to the block closest to the West Car Park entrance complete and the fit-out underway.

The concrete frames to the remaining blocks continue to progress at pace with most of the concrete frame works planned to be complete by Christmas.  The construction team continue to liaise with all relevant university departments on all deliveries expected on the campus to minimise disruption as much as possible.

The appearance of the first and second buildings is now changing on a daily basis; with the weather defence board being fixed and widows now being installed also.

Internally many of the bedrooms in the first block have been formed with the bathroom pods now in position. The mechanical and electrical installation is also now underway.

The forthcoming month will be busier still, with construction of the second concrete frame nearing completion and the main external façade works to enclose the structure commencing.  This will further enable the team to progress with the internal fit-out trades.

We appreciate all your patience and understanding whilst the construction work is ongoing, with contractors working closely with the University Estates, AHS, and Security teams to minimise disruption as much as possible.

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Polden development update

  

📥  Polden accommodation

Welcome to the ninth monthly update with news to keep you updated on the new Polden student accommodation project.

September has been an extremely busy month, with concrete continuing to be poured daily as the frame construction progresses at pace and the builders have all but finished the block closest to the entrance to the West Car Park.

All other areas of the concrete frame are now progressing quickly with the aim still to have most of the structural frame complete by Christmas.  The builders continue to liaise with the University Security department on all deliveries expected on the campus to minimise disruption as much as possible.

With the bathroom pod deliveries, ongoing we have now commenced with the internal fit-out stage with partitions being installed and forming of the corridors.  This will then be followed by the party walls enabling the bathroom pods to be positioned and the overall layouts established.

The first of the many window deliveries arrived on Monday 9 October with installation due to commence almost immediately after.

In the coming month, they shall continue to focus on the concrete frame but with a real focus on installing the external façade to enclose the structure.  This will give the team a weather-tight building to allow them to continue with the internal plaster-boarding trades.

As always, we do appreciate your patience and understanding whilst the construction work is ongoing, and we continue to work closely with the University Estates, AHS, and Security teams to minimise disruption as much as possible.

As with last month, below are a few photos of progress taken from one of our Tower Cranes.

 

 

 

Milner Centre for Evolution project update

📥  Milner Centre

Welcome to the ninth monthly update aimed at keeping you up to speed on the new Milner Centre for Evolution Project. Site managers Tomasz Magiera and Firhan Rudorf-Saeed are on site throughout the working day and should be the first point of contact for any issues. The builders are continuing to hold weekly meetings with the users of Building 4SA, and attend the monthly University Contractor’s meeting with a view to keeping staff and students informed of our works and to give notice of any potential disruption.

Road conditions are continuously monitored with a road sweeper being utilised as and when required.

The roof has now also been covered in a concrete structural topping in order to allow following trades to progress. Roof-lights have been installed, and the works to install the roof and make the building substantially water tight have commenced this month.

The internal walls have started to go up on the ground floor, along with containment baskets for all of the cables and ventilation ductwork within the building. The metal framework for the walls on the 1st floor have also progressed, with a view to them being boarded this month.

Externally, the building is taking shape – there is brickwork being installed all around the perimeter at low level, and a number of windows have been installed on the South elevation. The site has also taken delivery of the grey Kingspan cladding panels that make up some of the external façade of the building with a view to install these from the middle of this month.

As reported in last month’s update, there still remains an element of works which requires excavating in part of Car Park B just outside of the site hoarding – this is initially to investigate a possible position for the location of an attenuation tank necessary to accommodate the storm water from the completed Milner Building. At present, this works has not been planned, and the team will endeavour to give the University adequate warning as to when the works will be carried out.

As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding whilst the construction phase is ongoing.

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The Milner Centre for Evolution Project update

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📥  Milner Centre

Welcome to the eighth monthly update aimed at keeping you up to speed on the new Milner Centre for Evolution Project. Site managers Tomasz Magiera and Firhan Rudorf-Saeed are on site throughout the working day and should be the first point of contact for any issues. They are continuing to hold weekly meetings with the users of Building 4SA, and attend the monthly University Contractors’ meeting with a view to keeping staff and students informed of our works and to give notice of any potential disruption.

As with last month’s update, road conditions are continuously monitored, and a road sweeper is being utilised as and when required.

The precast concrete plank installation for first floor and roof levels are now 100% complete. The first floor has also been covered in a concrete structural topping in order to allow following trades to progress. The same process is being repeated this week, with the roof being covered in a structural topping.

We will soon be building up the external and internal walls on the first floor, working towards getting the building relatively watertight by the beginning of October. Internal walls have started to go up on the ground floor, with the external façade being progressed at the same time.

There is an element of works which requires excavating in part of Car Park B just outside of the site hoarding – this is initially to investigate a possible position for the location of an attenuation tank necessary to accommodate the storm water from the completed Milner Building. At present, these works have not been confirmed, and the team will endeavour to give the University adequate warning as to when the works will be carried out.

The site had its first Considerate Constructor’s visit this month, and we are pleased to report that we did very well across all 5 areas of the scheme (Care about Appearance, Respect the Community, Protect the Environment, Secure Everyone’s Security & Value the Workforce) – receiving an overall score of Very Good.

As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding whilst the construction phase is ongoing.

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