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The Milner Centre for Evolution Project update

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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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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