Impact of campus investment building projects

Keeping you updated on our current campus building projects

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Sport Training Village: Gym Extension, February 2018

  

📥  STV gym extension

This is the first in a series of monthly updates which will track the construction of the new gym extension and provide an insight into the work going-on behind the scenes to create a high quality sports facility.

The Gym Extension will provide an additional 940m² of floor space to the Sports Training Village split across two floors, with enough room to accommodate more than 200 users.

The contractor Melhuish & Saunders Ltd (M&S) started construction in November. The initial focus was on the underground infrastructure and creating sufficient working room at the side of the Sports Hall to build a new ramp and stepped access.

Creating a new access point into the Sports Hall early in the programme will free-up the construction site for M&S and enable them to start setting out the foundations and preparing the site for the building’s steel frame.

It is anticipated that the steel deliveries will start from 19 February 2018. These will generate some increased traffic which will be coordinated with the neighbouring University facilities of BioMechanics, STV and the Edge Theatre.

 

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

 

The Milner Centre for Evolution project update

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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.

Current site

 

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.

Current site

 

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.

Current site

 

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

📥  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