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Keeping you updated on our current campus building projects

Manvers Street Project Update


📥  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.


18 Manvers Street project update


📥  Manvers Street

The refurbishment works continue to progress well.

  • Level 1 floor screed has been laid and partition works are ongoing.
  • Level 1 inner courtyard walls have been built and initial fitting of Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) installations are progressing well.
  • Lift shaft cladding is progressing and stonework starts next week.
  • Level 2 initial fixing of cables and pipework are complete.
  • Plastering works to walls on level 2 are almost complete and carpentry works, including fitting of doors and frames, are progressing well.
  • New ceilings and final fixing of cables, power outlets, lighting and heating systems will start next week on level 2.
  • Levels 3 and 4 alteration works are progressing well.
  • The recent power and water shutdowns took place successfully to help minimise disruption to University staff on Level 4.
  • Level 3 is being prepared for temporary staff moves for the payroll team from end of October.
  • Works to the forecourt will progress, including insulation and waterproofing works.
  • Re-cabling of the data services for Level 2 will start soon.
  • Installation of the new air handling unit is planned.

Noise and dust levels are continually monitored. Please feel free to contact Dribuild Site Manager, Tom Young, on 07843 980398 with any queries.


18 Manvers Street project update


📥  Manvers Street

We are pleased to report that refurbishment works are progressing well:

  • Refurbishment works continue to progress well on Levels 1 and 2.
  • The structural steel frame for the new lift shaft to the Southern end of the building has been erected and masonry cladding starts next week
  • Level 1 ceiling and walls have been waterproofed with a specialist tanking system.  The floor has been screeded.
  • Level 2 new partitions have been built and plastered.
  • Alteration works have also commenced in Level 2 North wing.
  • Level 1 Inner Courtyard drainage works are now complete and backfilled.
  • Level 1 Inner Courtyard concrete slab reinstatement is ongoing.
  • Masonry wall construction is due to commence next Monday.
  • Alteration works to Levels 3&4 have now commenced.

Noise and dust levels are continually monitored, and as this phase of work is nearing completion the noise and dust levels will be reduced even further.

Please feel free to contact Dribuild Site Manager, Tom Young, on 07843 980398 with any queries.


18 Manvers Street project update


📥  Manvers Street

We are pleased to report that refurbishment works are progressing well:

  • The front forecourt hoarding has been constructed.
  • Level 1 drainage works are progressing well, and most of the concrete floor slab breaking out process has now been completed.
  • Piling works on Level 1 have also been successfully completed.
  • Demolition works have been completed on Level 2, so noise on this level will now decrease. Thank you to all occupants for their patience and understanding during this phase of the work.
  • The walls and ceilings have been grit blasted in preparation for the new tanking systems.
  • During the next phase of work, the noise and dust levels will be reduced.
  • Lines of communication between the Dribuild Site Management team and the Level 4 occupants remain open through radio contact, meetings and a noticeboard situated in the main stairwell.

We will continue to monitor noise and dust levels throughout the building in an attempt to keep disruption to a minimum. Access and escape routes will be provided throughout the project to ensure a safe working environment for the staff on Level 4.

Please feel free to contact Dribuild Site Manager, Tom Young on 07843 980398 should anyone have any concerns or queries.


18 Manvers Street project update


📥  Manvers Street

Work has now started on transforming the former police station into a new student learning zone and provide a city centre location for student-facing services.

The contractor Dribuild has erected hoardings around the building and work on the front forecourt is progressing well. The asphalt surfacing has been removed in preparation for a new damp proofing system.

Work to strip out Level 2 is going well. Many of the internal walls on this level need to be taken out to create the new open plan facility and the waste materials are being removed and disposed of. These works will unfortunately be noisy, but once completed noise levels should drop significantly.

Construction and alteration works to Level 1 have also started and the new lift shaft is going well, with foundation works now completed.

Dribuild would like to thank all occupants for their patience and understanding during this initial phase of the project. Please feel free to contact Dribuild Site Manager, Tom Young on 07843 980398 should you have any concerns.

Parking for three vehicles has been maintained at the north end of the front forecourt for Level 4 occupants, while cycle parking is also now provided in the rear car park.

The contractor’s site has been set up in the rear car park. Access to the site office is via the rear car park entrance where the pedestrian routes are identified by orange barriers.

For background on the project see the 18 Manvers Street web page.


ACE & Computing Services staff move into 4 East South

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📥  4 East South

Staff have started moving into our latest addition to campus - 4 East South.

The £23m building will create research and teaching space for the Faculty of Engineering & Design as well as housing a cutting-edge computing data centre.

Teams from the Department of Computing Services moved from 2 South on Saturday, with those remaining relocating elsewhere on campus after the summer.

Members of the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering will be moving in from locations across the campus on Tuesday and Wednesday. Others will move into 6E and 4E after the ‘ACER’ refurbishment project this summer.

The new  state-of-the-art data centre will support the University’s ICT services. This complements the existing facilities and provision has been made for future expansion. This facility will allow us to manage our energy costs and reduce our environmental impact while meeting the demands of changing technology and increasing our IT resilience.


Refurbishment works in 2 East, 4 East & 6 East


📥  ACER (Backfill) Project

Major refurbishment works, known as the ‘ACER (Backfill) Project’, will be taking place in the 2 East, 4 East & 6 East buildings over the summer.

The project will create:

  • refurbished and enlarged research space in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • refurbished and extended design studio space in Mechanical Engineering to support the new Integrated Design Degree
  • re-developed space in Electronic & Electrical Engineering to support undergraduate student project activity as well as new teaching laboratories

The project will enhance/maximise approximately 1,200m² of available teaching and research space. It will provide current and future students with flexible areas that allow for reconfiguration for varying educational purposes including individual and group project work and the development of new research laboratories.

The table below shows the rooms that are part of the project with key start and finish dates for building works:

Building Level Rooms affected Start date Finish date
2E 1 1.10, 1.10A, 1.14 Mon 1 Jul Fri 9 Sep
4E 3 3.26 to 3.37 Mon 1 Jul Fri 16 Sep
6E 1 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 Mon 6 Jun Fri 22 Jul
6E 3 3.1, 3.3, to 3.8, 3.15, 3.17, 3.20, 3.23 Mon 6 Jun Fri 22 Jul
6E 1 1.8 Mon 25 Jul Fri 2 Sep
6E 4 4.1, 4.3, 4.6, 4.9, 4.15 to 4.18, 4.22 to 4.25 Mon 1 Aug Fri 16 Sep
6E 1 1.9, 1.12, 1.13 Mon 1 Aug Fri 7 Oct

There are currently asbestos removal works taking place in some of the areas and access is prohibited.

There is likely to be some disruption in and around the above areas but the contractors will try to minimise disturbance as much as possible.

Access to the corridor between the 4 East work areas (except in an emergency) and access to Lecture Theatre 4E 3.38 is prohibited during the works.

As building works progress, access routes to other areas and offices is likely to change and may need to be restricted. This is to ensure that the building works are carried out in a safe manner.

The contractors will provide appropriate signage and barriers as required and Estates will be issuing regular updates.

Thank you for your co-operation; we apologise for any inconvenience.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact the Department of Estates Helpdesk:


10W construction time lapse videos


📥  10 West

The construction of 10W has been completed, providing a fantastic modern space to house the Psychology labs, IPR offices and the brand new postgraduate learning zone.

Below are two time-lapse videos showing the construction from start to finish.


Building for our future

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📥  10 West, 4 East South

Message from Diane Aderyn, Director of Finance & Commercial Services, as staff move into 10 West:

Dear colleagues

I wanted to give you an update on developments on and off campus in case you were unable to attend Let’s Talk.

Improving our infrastructure is central to our new strategy. We are creating modern, purpose built spaces from which we can increase the volume of our research, grow graduate student numbers, enhance the experience we offer undergraduate students and strengthen our global profile.

Claverton Campus

We have taken possession of 10 West and will start using the building this week.

This will provide state of the art facilities for the Department of Psychology and Institute for Policy Research (IPR) as well as offering study space for postgraduate students on its upper floors.

To the East, we will be moving into 4 East South in July. The main structure will house the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering with a separate space providing the base for the University’s main computing data centre.

Between them, both buildings increase the space we have available on campus for research, learning and teaching by nearly 10 per cent.

To the South, the project to construct the Milner Centre building is progressing well. Planning consent was secured last month and we are close to appointing contractors, with work on site to start in August.

After Computer Services move into 4 East South, 2 South will be used to accommodate staff as other buildings are refurbished. The area will then be redeveloped to create a range of new science laboratories.

There are also plans for the North of campus that are being worked on as we speak.

City of Bath

In the City, we have received planning consent to transform 18 Manvers Street into a learning zone with office space for student-facing services. We are about to appoint contractors for the extensive redesign to create approximately 1,000m2 of study space and facilities. Together with the 10 West postgraduate facility, this adds 20 per cent more learning space to that offered by the University Library.

We have also put in place measures to accommodate more of our students. We have secured 354 spaces through agreements with five locations in the City and created three new posts to work with private sector landlords and further improve our accommodation enquiries and reception services.


You may also have seen the news that we have established a new presence in central London.

83 Pall Mall will provide a base for seminars and programmes from our School of Management, Institute for Policy Research and other departments. Its location will enable us to develop even closer links with national and international policymakers, partners and collaborators.

The recording of my talk is on the Let’s Talk webpages if you would like to see my presentation.

The building work you see happening around you is the physical evidence of the work that is going into developing our new strategy.

As the facilities come on stream, they will provide us with the platform to establish the University as an international leader in graduate education.


10 West: Project Update

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📥  10 West

The project is making good progress and remains on schedule despite recent stormy weather conditions.

  • The North Atrium curtain wall (a weather proof outer layer of the building) has been glazed and works are progressing internally. The scaffolding will be removed from the atrium by the end of the month.
  • Services have been connected, allowing commissioning of water and electricity to start.
  • The installation of vinyl and whiterock in all toilet/shower facilities is nearing completion. Sanitary equipment is also being fitted.
  • Final decorations have begun on all levels and carpet laying has commenced on Level 3.
  • Hard landscaping is progressing well around the building.
  • New smaller site accommodation is in place and the main site offices will be removed in March.

Health and Safety

There have been no injuries or accidents on site, reviews continue to ensure a safe environment for the site team and pedestrians.