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Polden project update

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📥  Polden

Welcome to the third 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. We are working closely with the university Estate and Accommodation staff 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 builders have used the first week of the university Easter break to install their site office and welfare set up within the West Car Park. Power, plumbing and IT are currently being installed to the office to allow our full site team to be based on the project within the next two weeks.

With regard to our site works, they are still in the process of excavating the ground to install foundations and drainage up to 4m in depth from existing ground levels. Unfortunately the removal of rock is still ongoing. The noise and vibration is intermittent throughout the working day and will take us into mid-June.

Foundations are being dug and filled with reinforced cages prior to pouring with concrete to the Eastern side of the site.  This involves several lorry loads of concrete to be delivered to the site on a daily basis.  Wall reinforcement can now be seen coming out of the ground which will form the reinforced walls and columns in the coming weeks. Road conditions are constantly being monitored, and a road sweeper is being utilised as and when required.

Drainage and gas pipes are currently being drilled beneath the West Car Park which will provide connections for the Polden development. We are using Horizontal Directional Drilling below ground to reduce the disruption to the users of the car park. A hole is required at the end of the drain and gas route within the car park to 10West to connect onto but we will continue to liaise with security to minimise the disruption to the car park users.

Live electric cables are in the process of being exposed to allow them to be moved into the road adjacent 7W and 9W in the next week.

Within the next month, we will be erecting a tower crane which will then assist with the construction of the concrete frame which is due to start early May 2017.

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

Current site

Polden site 2 300x182 Polden site 300x182 Polden chart

 

The Milner Centre for Evolution project update

📥  Milner Centre

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 holding weekly meetings with the users of Building 4SA and attend the monthly University contractors meeting in order to keep staff and students informed of the works and to give as much notice of any potential disruption.

They are in constant liaison with the University Estates Department and also University Security with regard to any issues that may arise where there is a public interface.

Signs have been added to the perimeter of our site hoarding to give site contact details and directions for pedestrians.

In terms of site works - the process of excavating the ground to lower levels to install foundations continues - unfortunately, the noisy works involving the removal of rock are still ongoing.

The noise and vibration is intermittent throughout the working day and will take us into mid-April. The excavated material is being removed from site by haulage lorries and this is now approximately 75% complete. The road conditions are constantly being monitored and a road sweeper is being utilised 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 been completed.

Moving forward, the groundworks are progressing well. The works are a combination of excavating, mass concrete pours, installation of prefabricated steel beams and building of retaining walls to produce a finished ground floor slab ready for the steel frame erection just after Easter.

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

Current site

Forecast works over the next few weeks Noise level Forecast completion date
Breaking out rock in ground to form foundations and drainage Possible disruption throughout the day Until the end of March
Excavations being removed from site by haulage company Occasional plant noise Throughout March
Concrete deliveries Occasional plant noise Throughout March & April
General deliveries Occasional plant noise Throughout March & April

 

Polden: Section of Quarry Rd to close from Mon 6 Mar

📥  Polden

To facilitate the construction of the Polden accommodation building, changes are required to the roads on the west of the Claverton campus for the duration of the project.

Completion is scheduled for summer 2018; we apologise for any inconvenience.

Latest update:

From Monday 6 March, a section of Quarry Road will be closed for an extended period of time.

A new entrance to the West car park, which is currently under construction, will be in use.

If you want to access the eastern side of Campus, please use the main entrance on Convocation Avenue, off Claverton Down Road.

Although the Underdeck will be open in both directions, there are currently temporary road works taking place with traffic lights.

Please see plan below for the new routes for drivers (red) and pedestrians (green).

Delivery drivers have been advised to enter the Campus via Convocation Avenue; their route is signed.

Please take extra care in this area as there will be vehicles, pedestrians and construction traffic using the roads and car park.
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Changes already in place due to the Polden works:

  • The road running alongside 7W and 9W is closed. Access to the Westwood nursery is via the Claverton Down Road entrance.
  • Polden car park has closed and the temporary Overflow West Car Park has reopened to offer the same number of car parking spaces.
  • The cycle shelter on Quarry Road has closed, with alternative spaces in shelters outside 10W and at the bottom of Wessex House steps.
  • A number of the trees that have been removed for the Polden project will be replaced during final landscaping.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

 

The Milner Centre for Evolution update

📥  Milner Centre

Our aim is to keep all staff and students working within close proximity of the project up-to-date and informed of works progress. Where possible WRW will give notice of any potential disruption. Site Manager, Firhan Saeed, will be on site throughout the working day and will be the first point of contact (07976 865497 or frs547@wrw.co.uk).

The contractor's welfare & office area has been installed and a secure boundary to the perimeter of the site has been erected. Additional signage to the perimeter  - to identify who we are, the site contact details and giving directions for pedestrians - is being displayed.

The site works have included stripping topsoil and we are in the process of excavating the ground to lower levels to install foundations and drainage up to 3m in depth. The ground is largely rock and consequently there will be some noisy works removing this. The noise & vibration will be intermittent throughout the working day over the next four to six weeks. The excavated material will then be removed from site by haulage lorries - during this time we will be monitoring road conditions to ensure they are kept clean.

We will also be installing a new water connection to Building 4SA within the next two weeks and excavating an electricity trench from the site to the substation opposite the car park.

Forecast works over the next few weeks Noise level Forecast completion date
  • Breaking out rock in ground to form foundations and drainage
Possible disruption throughout the day Until the end of March
  • Excavations being removed from site, by haulage company
Occasional plant noise Throughout March
  • Concrete deliveries
Occasional plant noise Throughout March & April
  • General deliveries
Occasional plant noise Throughout March & April

Current site, Feb 2017

Milner Update

How it will look in April 2018

 

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
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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

 

 

 

New Polden accommodation construction and access to Claverton campus

📥  Polden

Preparations for the new Polden accommodation are now underway.

As a result, there will be changes to access to the west of the Claverton campus for the duration of the project, due to complete next summer (2018).

From Thursday 16 February, the road running alongside 7W and 9W will be closed. This means parents and carers driving to Westwood nursery should use the Claverton Down Road entrance.

Work to create a new West Car Park entrance and exit in the top corner of the car park will start next week (w/c 20 February). Once complete (scheduled for Monday 27 February), the section of Quarry Road next to the new building will be closed and the Quarry Road campus entrance will only be for access to the West Car Park, except in an emergency.

Polden car park has closed and the temporary Overflow West Car Park has reopened to offer the same number of car parking spaces.

The cycle shelter on Quarry Road has closed, with alternative spaces in shelters outside 10W and at the bottom of Wessex House steps.

A new pedestrian route will be created across the top of the West Car Park onto campus before the closure of Quarry Road.

The underdeck will fully reopen to vehicles on Tuesday 28 February.

A number of the trees that have been removed will be replaced during final landscaping of the Polden project.

Polden logistics plan

 

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.

 

Manvers Street project update

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📥  Manvers Street

Level 1

  • Internal finishes have started on level 1 following the completion of the external tanking and waterproofing.
  • Dribuild and the supply chain are working hard to complete this area as soon as possible following delays encountered due to council restrictions.

Level 2

  • Works on Level 2 are progressing well with suspended ceilings and decorations ongoing

External Works

  • Window replacement works are almost complete - including plastering and decorations.
  • The lift shaft construction is complete and the new passenger lift is being installed.
  • The front courtyard waterproofing and tanking work is almost complete.

Access routes across the site are maintained for the UOB staff working on Level 4.

The access routes will be changed after Christmas when staff will be need to use the main entrance to enable work to the existing staff entrance and stairwell to be carried out.

 

Manvers Street Project Update

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📥  Manvers Street

External works

  • Window replacements are progressing well on Levels 2 and 3.
  • Concrete panels and glazing to the front elevation have been removed and will be replaced with curtain wall glazing.
  • Bath Stone cladding is progressing to the new lift shaft on the South elevation and is due to be completed this week.
  • The front courtyard waterproofing and tanking works are progressing.
  • Roofing works are complete and the new air handling unit will be lifting onto the roof with a mobile crane.

Access routes across the site are maintained for the University staff working on Level 4.  The access routes will be amended as the works progress.
Internal works

Level 1

  • Internal tanking and waterproofing works are complete.
  • Mechanical, Electrical and Carpentry works are progressing well.
  • Plasterboarding is ongoing and plastering will follow.

Level 2

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Carpentry works are progressing well.
  • Decorations and finishes works have commenced.

Level 3

  • The toilet refurbishments are complete and handed over for use by occupants.
  • The staff have now been relocated from the South end of Level 4 onto Level 3 in preparation for the lift shaft breakthroughs.

All works on Level 3 will be completed by the end of November.