Impact of campus investment building projects

Keeping you updated on our current campus building projects

Posts By: Ben Harris

Services open their doors in The Virgil Building

📥  The Virgil Building

The newly-arrived services in The Virgil Building will open their doors to students and staff today.

The Virgil Building reception, open for business

The Virgil Building reception, open for business

The Careers Service, Joblink, Students’ Union Student Development and the Widening Participation Office will join the Department of Finance & Procurement, which has been in residence since April 2015. The teams will be based in newly refurbished offices and meeting rooms across levels 2, 3 and 4.

Student Services and the Skills Centre will also be offering services from the building.

For more information on all the services and opening times visit go.bath.ac.uk/citystudysupport

The new Learning Commons on Level 1 will open on Monday 20 February, offering independent and group study spaces, an IT suite, training rooms and a café.

Read more about the building on The Virgil Building’s location webpage.

See photos below of some of the staff based at The Virgil Building:

Lucy Aitchison (Student's Union)

Lucy Aitchison (Students' Union)

Jamie Bush (Careers Service)

Jamie Bush (Careers Service)

Joel Staley, Business Operations Manager

Joel Staley, Business Operations Manager

Sam O'Gorman, City Receptions Co-ordinator

Sam O'Gorman, City Receptions Co-ordinator

Debbie Price (ahs)

Debbie Price (ahs)

Paul Gibbins (Finance & Procurement)

Paul Gibbins (Finance & Procurement)

Corlena Hibbert (Finance & Procurement)

Corlena Hibbert (Finance & Procurement)

Joanna Lilley (Widening Participation) and visitor

Joanna Lilley (Widening Participation) and visitor

Katarina Vyletalova (Finance & Procurement, Process Change)

Katarina Vyletalova (Finance & Procurement, Process Change)

Abi Williams (left) and Anna Gibney (right) – both Students' Union

Abi Williams (left) and Anna Gibney (right) – both Students' Union

The Virgil Building takes shape, ready for Level 1 to open on Monday 20 February

The Virgil Building takes shape, ready for Level 1 to open on Monday 20 February

 

The Virgil Building: latest photos as Levels 2 and 3 near completion

📥  Manvers Street, The Virgil Building

Work on The Virgil Building is pressing ahead, with the final touches going into place on Levels 2 and 3.

Watch our whistle stop tour video of The Virgil Building as Levels 2 & 3 take shape

Next Monday (6 February) will see the support services for students open their doors, including the Careers Service, Joblink, Students’ Union Student Development, Skills Centre and Student Services.

The Widening Participation Office will also join the Department of Finance & Procurement which has been in the building since April 2015.

On Monday 20 February the new Learning Commons is then scheduled to open, offering independent and group study spaces, an IT suite, training rooms and a café.

 

1 West Phase 3: Project Update June 2015

📥  1West

Midas Construction Limited continue apace with the reconstruction and fit out.

Installation of the ductwork for ventilation and infrastructure for the electrical services is currently underway.

Works to replace the existing roof with a high performance insulated felt roof have started and will continue over the next seven weeks.

Internal partitioning is due to start soon to provide bespoke office, laboratory and general teaching spaces.

Replacement windows are due on site in early June and scaffolding will start to be struck later in June.

Works to refurbish the existing staircase will also be starting in the next month.

Level 5 roof deck

Level 5 roof deck

Level 2 ductwork

Level 2 ductwork

Potential disturbance

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Noise from the works will be unavoidable, however we hope the traffic light system above will assist.  It is not anticipated that the construction activity will create any more noise than the current ambient noise levels with the exception of the roof decking. Please also note that the dates above are a guide and likely to change as a result of unforeseen changes and site issues.

We do not anticipate any major interface issues with the current use of 1West, Library and 3West however there will be times when works at the junctions with these buildings will require alterations and additional hoarding to allow the tie in to be completed. These will be timetabled and managed in conjunction with the University Estates team. Interface works will be segregated at all times ensuring that the safety of the building user is paramount at all times.

Scaffold and temporary roof

The building is currently enclosed in a scaffold and temporary roof structure to allow the construction works to continue in the dry whilst the roof and windows have been removed. As works proceed these will be progressively removed to expose the new building. The site will be accessed from the level 1 underdeck to minimise contractor interaction with the student population. Site offices are in Brendon Court car park.

Safety will always be paramount to all our operations on site.

Pedestrian movement at site entrance

Site delivery numbers will now increase with the refurbishment of the now empty building shell, all vehicle movements will be strictly managed by Midas traffic marshal and by timing of deliveries around peak pedestrian movements times. Please take direction as required at site entrance gates from Traffic Marshals for your own safety.

General queries should be issued to estates-helpdesk@bath.ac.uk.

Please also see the campus investments webpages.

 

10 West: Project Update - June 2015

📥  10 West

Progress to date

The project is on program and continues to benefit from the good weather conditions:

  • The construction of level 3 has been completed, level 4 is also making good progress.
  • The erection of the steel frame to the west block and atrium is now completed.
  • The facades are now commencing which will allow the internal trades to start work in the near future.
  • The insitu reinforced concrete feature atrium staircase is now in progress.

Ongoing reviews continue with the final users of the building, the Department of Psychology and the Office of Policy and Planning, refining detailed requirements and furniture procurement.

Health & Safety

Extra measures and precautions remain in place around the site when construction vehicles leave and are being monitored to ensure safety. These include measures such as banksmen who are helping vehicles to safely leave the site.

To date there have been no injuries or accidents, the team continue to achieve exemplary levels of safety.

Noise

The noise levels will continue to the same level as they have been in the previous month.

Did you know?...

This project is one of the projects being showcased by the Institute of Civil Engineers as a major project contributing to the local infrastructure, economy and employment.

General queries can be addressed to Estates Helpdesk

Please also see Campus investments webpages and Estates webpages

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10 West progress to date

 

4 East South: Project Update - June 2015

📥  4 East South

Main build

The first sets of precast concrete planks have started on the west core of the building. The preparation of the east side has been completed and the planks will be arriving in the next couple of weeks.

Two cranes are now in use to assist in the increased number of deliveries.

Wheel washers and banksmen are in constant use at the site entrance and all construction vehicles are having their wheels washed down before leaving the site.

Figure 1 Preparation for East Core Walls

Figure 1 Preparation for East Core Walls

Energy Centre

The Energy Centre is complete and fully energised. This building will be handed over to the University in the next few weeks.

Health & Safety

There have been zero accidents on site and the project received 100% score in the safety audit.

There are ongoing reviews to optimise safe construction methods and improve risk management.

Environmental

99.9% of site waste has been diverted from land fill to date. Discussions and research are continuing to use more environmentally friendly construction materials.

Did you know?

Students from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering have visited site and future visits are being arranged.

Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture Visit

Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture Visit

General queries can be addressed to the Estates Helpdesk

Please also see Campus investments webpages and Estates webpages