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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.

Current site


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.




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

NEW Polden chart

Current site

Polden May 2 Polden May 1


Polden project update

📥  Polden accommodation

Preparation works for the Polden accommodation block are now well underway. The trees from the footprint of the building have been removed and recycled in order to provide weed suppression to flower beds around campus.

Vinci Construction have also completed the erection of site security fencing around the construction activity, and the initial welfare accommodation has been delivered into the West Car Park.

Following the closure of the road adjacent to 7W and 9W, excavation for drainage has begun so that the live services can be diverted into the roadway. This consists of Foul and Storm drainage, IT and Comms cables, and HV power cables serving the surrounding buildings.

Excavation to reduce the ground for the new Polden building is nearing completion, with all the rock material being recycled and re-used off-campus.

Forecast works over the next few weeks Noise level Forecast completion date
  • • Commence excavation of Foundations
Medium – plant noise, loading lorries 20/03/17 - ongoing
  • • Commence excavation for new soakaway
Medium – plant noise, loading lorries 16/03/17 – ongoing
  • • Diversion of services
Occasional plant noise 20/02/17 – Early April

How the Polden building will look in July 2018

All staff and students will be kept up-to-date by giving as much notice of any potential disruptions as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.

How the Polden building will look in July 2018