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The Milner Centre for Evolution Project update

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📥  Milner Centre

Welcome to the seventh monthly update aimed at keeping you up to speed on the new Milner Centre for Evolution Project.  Site manager Firhan Rudorf-Saeed is on site throughout the working day, and alongside him is a new addition to the site team, Tomasz Magiera – they 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 the works and to give notice of any potential disruption.

The second stage of the groundworks has now been brought to a stop with the penetration of the rock proving to be more laborious and time consuming than originally anticipated. The works to complete the external drainage have now been programmed in later on in the build, and will be picked up alongside the external landscaping.

As with last month’s update, road conditions are continuously monitored, and a road sweeper is being utilised as and when required. There is no further work planned in the immediate future which will affect the road outside our site compound.

A combination of weather delays and other unforeseen elements have meant that the precast concrete plank installation for 1st floor and roof is still approximately 95% complete. The works planned for the middle of July had to be put back, and now the first week of August will see the return of the 130TN mobile crane and total completion of this element of works in order to allow other trades to follow straight on.

WRW were proud to play host again to one of the University’s Civil Engineering students who was with us for a 5-day placement during July. The feedback from offering these placements is very encouraging, and WRW are happy to accommodate further placements subject to how busy things are at site level.

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

Current site

 

Polden development update

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📥  Polden

Welcome to the seventh monthly update aimed at keeping you up to speed on the new Polden Student Accommodation project.

July has seen the completion of foundations and under-building drainage to allow the concrete frame to progress on all areas of the project.  The building team continue to have a large amount of concrete delivered every day which is allowing the concrete frame to rise at a great pace while liaising with the University Security department on all deliveries expected on the campus to minimise disruption as much as possible.

They have now cast the first section of the floor slab on level 3 with only two stories left to complete the corner overlooking the West Car Park.

It is at this level where the builders will introduce temporary waterproofing to the slab to reduce the amount of rainwater entering the building to allow internal trades to commence.

Another major milestone will be reached in the next week as internal block work to form the plant rooms, cycle store, bin store, and office space on the ground floor will commence. This will provide dry, secure areas for plumbers and electricians to start installing the plant rooms that will power the building.

A couple of day's production were lost during this month due to high wind speeds which has prevented tower cranes from being used.  One of the safety features on all tower cranes is to sound an alarm when wind speeds exceed a certain limit. The build team are looking into alternative alarms with the crane supplier to prevent the alarm from disrupting neighbouring building users.

As always, the team appreciate your patience and understanding whilst the construction phase is ongoing, and 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 the tower cranes.  What a great view they have from 40m above the ground.

Current site (from above)

 

Polden development update

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📥  Polden, Uncategorized

Welcome to the sixth monthly update aimed at keeping you up to speed on the new Polden Student Accommodation project.

June was another busy month for us on the project and as you will know if you have seen the site, this month has seen the building rise out of the ground.

Foundations are now complete to all areas of the building. Our groundworkers are concentrating on digging out and installing drainage beneath the building to allow the ground floor slab to be cast adjacent to 7W and 9W. The excavations against the retaining walls are also now being filled to allow external drainage to link the building into the existing University drainage system.

The concrete structure is progressing at great speed, and we are working on forming the level 2 floor slab to the corner nearest the West Car Park entrance.

We continue to pour concrete every day, forming columns and walls every evening to allow the concrete to cure during the cooler evenings. This allows us to strike the shutters on columns the following morning and prepare the next column to be cast the same afternoon, a method which has allowed the frame to progress quickly.

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

Below are a few photos of progress taken from our tower cranes.  What a great view they have 40m above the ground!

Current site (from above)

 

The Milner Centre for Evolution Project update

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📥  Milner Centre

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

The site manager, Firhan Rudorf-Saeed is on site throughout the working day, and should be the first point of contact for any issues. They are currently holding 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 the works and to give notice of any potential disruption.

The second stage of the groundworks has now commenced and will last a period of 2-3 weeks.  The works will involve completing the external drainage around the perimeter of the building. During this period there will be some element of noisy works due to the depth of the drainage. The noise and vibration will be intermittent throughout the working day, and will take us into the middle of July.

As with last month’s update, road conditions are continuously monitored, and a road sweeper is being utilised as and when required. There is no further work planned in the immediate future which will affect the road outside our site compound.

A combination of weather delays and other unforeseen elements have meant that the precast concrete plank installation for first floor and roof is approximately 95% complete. The middle of July will see the return of the 130TN mobile crane and total completion of this element of works in order to allow other trades to follow straight on.

WRW were proud to play host to two of the University’s Civil Engineering students who were with them for a five day placement during June. They hope that the experience was an enjoyable one, and gave them an insight into the challenges faced on a daily basis within the Construction Industry

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

 

The Milner Centre for Evolution Project update

📥  Milner Centre

Welcome to the fifth monthly update aimed at keeping you up to speed on the new Milner Centre for Evolution project. Site manager, Firhan Rudorf-Saeed, is on site throughout the working day, and should be the first point of contact for any issues. The team are currently holding 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 the works and to give notice of any potential disruption.

The first stage of the groundwork is now complete. The builders have excavated the ground to lower levels to install foundations and drainage up to 3m in depth. The second stage of the groundwork is scheduled for the week commencing Monday 26 June, where the works involving the external perimeter drainage will continue to completion. During this period there will be some element of noisy works due to the depth of the drainage. The noise & vibration will be intermittent throughout the working day, and will take us into the beginning of July.

Road conditions are constantly being monitored, and a road sweeper is being utilised as and when required. There is no further work planned in the immediate future which will affect the road outside the site compound.

Steel frame erection commenced during the first week of May, and has now been lined, levelled and signed over, ready for the next phase of the build. Both the first floor and roof are made of precast concrete planks – the works involved around installing these planks will see us through to the middle of June. These works will involve the use of a 130TN mobile crane to position each plank in its place with the emphasis on precision and quality.

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

Current site

Milner centre site pic June Milner centre site pic June (2) Milner progress chart June

 

Polden project update

📥  Polden

Welcome to our fifth monthly update, aiming to keep you up to speed on the new Polden Student Accommodation project.

May was a very busy month for everyone involved with the Polden project, with an average workforce of 62 people.

The builders are continuing excavating to form foundations and installing drainage which means more vehicle movements on campus to remove the rock and replace it with concrete and pipe bedding. This will continue throughout this month with an aim to get the majority of the foundations cast by the end of the June.  However, noise and vibration is likely to be reduced as they are no longer excavating into the deep rock, but moderate noise will still be evident, for example when loading lorries. The team are working closely with Accommodation & Hospitality Services and Estates to manage the disruption to neighbouring buildings and the construction traffic.

Builders have now poured the first ground floor slab adjacent to the existing Quarry Road and you may have seen concrete columns and walls being formed in the Western side of the site by the entrance to the West Car Park. These works will now continue throughout the month with concrete deliveries each afternoon to cast more columns. They plan to pour the level 1 slab of this area and continue upwards with columns and walls within the next couple of weeks.

There may be a period over the next few weeks when concrete lorries will be brought into the site past the South Car Park, through the temporary carpark behind 10West, and through the West Car Park due to the number of activities within our site boundary around the main delivery gate. These deliveries will be brought through the car parks by the Vinci Site Vehicle to minimise any disruption to users of the car parks and campus roads.  This has been planned with the involvement and support of the University’s Security department

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

Current site

Polden current site June Polden current site June (2) June progress chart POlden

 

New delivery route through campus to Polden development

📥  Polden

A route for heavy goods vehicles delivering materials to the Polden development on campus has been devised.

All vehicles will enter the campus via Norwood Avenue then continue into Convocation Avenue; some of the lighter vehicles and concrete trucks will turn left along the south service road past 3S and 2S before moving across the West Playing Field into the west car park and onto the Polden development site.

All other traffic will continue along Convocation Avenue then turn right before the bus terminus into East Car Park; the vehicles will then move through the East carpark, follow the road next to the Westwood Accommodation Centre and then turn left into the Polden development site.

 

The Milner Centre for Evolution Project update

📥  Uncategorized

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

The site manager, Firhan Rudorf-Saeed is on site throughout the working day, and should be the first point of contact for any issues. The contractors are currently holding 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.

The first stage of the ground works is nearly complete. They are at the closing stages of excavating the ground to lower levels to install foundations and drainage up to 3m in depth. There will still be some element of noisy works, as the works involving the removal of rock is still ongoing. The noise and vibration is intermittent throughout the working day, and will take us into the beginning of May. The excavated material being removed from site by haulage lorries is now approximately 90% complete while road conditions are constantly being monitored, and a road sweeper is being utilised as and when required.

Both the new water connection to Building 4SA and the works to excavate an electricity trench from site to the substation opposite the car park have now been completed. There is no further work planned in the immediate future which will affect the road outside our site compound.

The ground floor slab has now been poured with the use of concrete pumps. This was a key milestone and allows the next phase of building works to commence – which will see steel arrive on site the 2nd week of May, and the works involving the steel erection will take us up to the end of May. The steel will be erected with the use of mobile cranes, and also mobile elevating working platforms, which, unfortunately do emit a noisy beep when in operation.

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

NEW milner chart

Current site

Milner 2 MAY Milner 1 MAY

 

Polden project update

📥  Polden, Polden accommodation

Welcome to the monthly update aimed at keeping you up to speed on the new Polden Student Accommodation project.

Our Project Manager, Steve Phillips is on site throughout the working day, and should be the first point of contact for any issues. He is working closely with the University Estate and Accommodation staff, and attends the monthly University contractors meeting with a view to keeping staff and students informed of the works and to give notice of any potential disruption.

The contractor is aware of both the revision and assessment periods and is working closely with the University to ensure disturbance is kept to a minimum during these times.

The builder's office and welfare set up is now up and running in the West Car Park which has allowed their full site team to join them on site.  They have completed the majority of the enabling works outside of the site boundary, and their permanent timber hoarding will start to be erected from next week.  This will provide a more permanent boundary to the work area as the builders start coming out of the ground with the building.

With regard to the site works - they are still in the process of excavating the ground to install foundations and drainage, but the number of muck-away lorries has now reduced.  They will be continuing to break out rock as they excavate foundations which may create noise and vibration intermittently throughout the working day, and will take us into mid-June.  Concrete deliveries will continue every day whilst foundations are formed.

One milestone this month will be the delivery and erection of the first tower crane.  This will be erected 28m in height within the old entrance to the West Car Park and will provide all lifting for the construction of the concrete frame adjacent to Quarry Road.  This will be supplemented by a second tower crane, 43m in height, which will assist in the construction of the concrete frame adjacent to 7W and 9W.  Both tower cranes are fitted with state-of-the-art technology which restricts the crane from lifting materials over neighbouring buildings, and from clashing with each other.

Once the tower crane has been erected, the concrete frame contractor will start onsite.  This will involve continuous deliveries of concrete and shuttering materials throughout the day to form the ground floor slab, and then start casting retaining walls and columns as the building beings to rise.

Drainage runs and the gas main within the West Car Park are now installed, and will be connected in the next week to allow reinstatement of the paving and return the fenced off areas back to car parking.

All live electric cables have now been diverted into the road adjacent 7W and 9W, which allows the drainage installation to commence.  This will involve excavating pits around 3m in depth to form manholes connected up the existing roadway.

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

Should you have any queries please contact the Department of Estates Helpdesk via email on estates-helpdesk@bath.ac.uk.

NEW Polden chart

Current site

Polden May 2 Polden May 1

 

The Milner Centre for Evolution Project update

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📥  Milner Centre

Welcome to the third monthly update aimed at keeping you up to speed on the new Milner Centre for Evolution project. Our site manager, Firhan Rudorf-Saeed is on site throughout the working day, and should be the first point of contact for any issues.

They are currently holding 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 their works and to give notice of any potential disruption.

The first stage of the groundworks is nearly complete. They are at the closing stages of excavating the ground to lower levels to install foundations and drainage up to 3m in depth. There will still be some element of noisy works, as the works involving the removal of rock is still ongoing. The noise and vibration is intermittent throughout the working day, and will take them into the end of April/beginning of May. The removal of excavated material from site by haulage lorries is now approximately 85% complete. Road conditions are constantly being monitored, and a road sweeper is being utilised as and when required.

Both the new water connection to Building 4SA and the works to excavate an electricity trench from site to the substation opposite the car park have now been completed. There is no further work planned in the immediate future which will affect the road outside our site compound.

Moving forward, the ground floor slab will be poured in two visits with the use of concrete pumps. The second week of May will see steel arrive on site, and the works involving the steel erection will take us up to the end of May. The steel will be erected with the use of mobile cranes and also mobile elevating working platforms which, unfortunately, do emit a loud beep when in operation.

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

Current site

Milner Centre site 1 Milner Centre site 2 Milner Chart