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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

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10W construction time lapse videos

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📥  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.

London

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.

 

10 West: Project Update

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📥  10 West

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The project remains on schedule despite the winter weather conditions:

  • Work on the building’s façade is progressing well and the installation of the final composite tiles is nearly finished.
  • Internal works continue to make good progress with the installation of glazed decorative screens.
  • Floor finishings to wet areas are nearly finished.
  • Final fix carpentry is nearly finished.
  • Final finishings to the main entrance and Atrium staircase have begun.
  • Installation of glass balustrades in the Atrium has been completed.
  • Access scaffolding in the atrium is being removed to allow the final works on the floor to begin.
  • Structural work on the main entrance and podium walkway has been completed.
  • Installation of the steel framed walkway to the Podium will begin in early February.
  • Landscaping work has begun and the connection to the 8 West ramp is nearly finished.
  • The site team’s office will be removed in March so that major landscaping works can begin, and a smaller temporary office will be installed.

 

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.

Noise

The noise levels will continue to be the same as previous months.

Did you know…

Since the start of the construction project the site team has used over 207,200 tea bags, 22.5kg of coffee and 171kg of sugar.

 

10 West: Project Update

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📥  10 West

The project has made good progress and remains on schedule, despite the halt in construction over the Christmas period:

  • Work on the façade continues on all elevations despite delays due to the recent high winds and heavy rainfall.
  • Screeding (levelled concrete flooring) has now been completed on all levels.
  • Installation of pre-cast concrete planks and precast stairs has been finished in the North elevation.
  • Structural topping (a layer of concrete and wire mesh on top of floor slabs) is now complete throughout the building.
  • Raised access floors on Level 5 are in the final stage.
  • Fitting of balustrade glass within the Atrium has made good progress.
  • Fitting of internal glass partition screens has progressed to Level 4.
  • Mechanical, electrical and second fix carpentry has made excellent progress on all levels
  • Work on the lift infrastructure is now 80% complete.
  • Internal plastering is nearing completion with work remaining on Levels 0 and 1.
  • Installation of White Rock (hygienic wall cladding) has begun in toilets and kitchens.

 

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.

Noise

The noise levels will continue to be the same as previous months.

 

 

10 West: Project update

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📥  10 West

Progress to date

The project remains on schedule and made good progress in September:

  • The façade and roof are now mostly water tight which has allowed internal works to restart on Level 5.
  • Access facilities within the Atrium have been completed, ready for future internal work.
  • External work to the podium is underway in preparation for the delivery of stairs and precast planks.
  • Substantial mechanical plant equipment has been delivered and will be installed in the Level 4 plant rooms.
10 West façade from the North

10 West façade from the North

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.

Noise

The noise levels will continue to be the same as previous months.

Did you know…?

Approximately 450 tons of plasterboard have been used in the building; if the boards were laid end to end they would stretch for 26 miles (double the distance of the Bath to Bristol cycle track).

 

10 West: Project update

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📥  10 West

Progress to date

We are pleased to report the project is still on schedule

  • The concrete frame is now completed together with the atrium stairs which has allowed the crane to be removed from site.
  • As can be seen from the site, the majority of the windows are in and the larger glazing panels should be completed over the next couple of months.  A number of openings have been left to assist in material deliveries.
Most windows have been fitted

Most windows have been fitted

  • The roofing works are now well advanced and due for completion during October.  A separate temporary crane will be used to get the final materials to the roof. The aim is for the roof to be water tight in late October.
  • Internal partitioning works and M&E installations are progressing up to Level 4.
  • Raised access floors and plastering is well underway on all floors.

We are continuing to hold meetings with the end users of the building; members of the Department of Psychology have visited the site and they were very impressed with the progress.

10 West on schedule for completion

10 West on schedule for completion

Health & Safety

There have been no accidents and regular reviews continue to ensure a safe environment for those working on site and  pedestrians passing by.

Noise

Noise will continue at the same level as in previous months.

Did you know…?

We have over 5 miles of various types of pipework within the building, with 40 engineers working on it.

 

10 West: Project update - August 2015

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📥  10 West

Progress to Date

Despite recent wet weather conditions, the project is still on schedule.

  • Construction of level 5 has been completed; work on level 6 is now underway and good progress is being made
  • Both north and south concrete stairs have been installed
  • With the completion of the concrete frame due within the next 4 weeks, ‘Crane 1’ has been removed in preparation
  • Internal partitions have started up to level 3, and first fix mechanical and electrics have progressed to level 2
  • Construction of the building’s façade continues:
    • Installation of the windows to the east block are complete to level 3
    • Elevator platforms have been added to the north and west scaffolding to allow façade works to proceed in these areas.
  • The atrium steel was installed as planned in readiness for level 6 roof and the installation of atrium glazing.

The Office of Policy and Planning are continuing to consult with the final users of the building to refine detailed requirements and furniture procurement.

Health and Safety
Extra measures and precautions remain in place relating to construction vehicles, and movements are monitored to ensure safety standards are maintained. These include measures such as banksmen who are helping vehicles to safely leave the site.

A secondary access to the site has been formed to help with deliveries and safe movement of vehicles.

There have been no injuries or accidents and the team are achieving exemplary levels of safety.

Noise
The noise levels will continue at the same level as they have been in the previous month.

Did you know…?
To stop rainwater from making its way down through the building and damaging the structure or causing problems, the construction team have used the existing service holes in the floor to install a temporary drainage system which guides water out of the construction site safely!

 

10 West: Project update - July 2015

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📥  10 West

Progress to date

The project is on schedule and continues to benefit from the good weather conditions:

  • Construction of level 4 has been completed; work on level 5 is now underway and good progress is being made.
  • Internal partitions have commenced up to level 2 and first fix electrics have started on the ground floor.
  • Construction of the building’s façade is in progress and will continue for the next few months.
  • The western element steel frame and floors are completed and staircases will be completed in the next month.
  • The atrium steel will be installed in the next month encompassing a 18m steel member lift which will form the support to the atrium glazing. This work will be carried out first thing in the morning to prevent disruption.

The Office of Policy and Planning continues to consult with the final users of the building, the Department of Psychology, to refine detailed requirements and furniture procurement.

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The new 10 West building is on schedule

Health and Safety

Extra measures and precautions remain in place relating to construction vehicles and movements are monitored to ensure safety standards are maintained. These include measures such as banksmen who are helping vehicles to safely leave the site.

A secondary access to the site has been formed to assist in deliveries and safe movement of vehicles.

There have been no injuries or accidents and the team are achieving exemplary levels of safety.

Noise

The noise levels will continue at the same level as they have been in the previous month.

Did you know…?

There are daily logistics meetings about the cranes to make sure every slot is filled to maximise their effective use.

General queries can be addressed to estates-helpdesk@bath.ac.uk

Please also see http://www.bath.ac.uk/campus-investments/ and http://www.bath.ac.uk/estates/