Impact of campus investment building projects

Keeping you updated on our current campus building projects

Tagged: 4ES

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.

 

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.

 

4 East South: Project Update

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📥  4 East South

The project has made good progress despite recent stormy weather conditions.

  • Large segments of the West core are nearing completion which means work can now move on to the East core.
  • Concrete works in the West core are complete.
  • The installation of electrical trunking in the West core has been completed, providing power to audio visual equipment and plug sockets.
  • Internal doors and glass partitioning have been installed.
  • Suspended ceiling systems in the West core have been installed on Levels 2-5, and preparation has begun on Level 5.
  • Worktops and cabinets are currently being installed in kitchen areas.
  • The installation of Reglit feature glass has begun on the North elevation. This needs dry weather as each element must be prepared to allow the glass to perform to its maximum efficiency. The site team have a covered preparation zone so in a dry spell the glass can be installed quicky.
  • The final section of screeding on Level 6 is underway. Once complete the underfloor heating will be installed.

Health & Safety

One minor accident occurred in February, a small flesh wound on a finger caused by a scaffold pole.

 

4 East South: Project Update

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📥  4 East South

January has seen the project move forward considerably:

  • Large areas of the building are now boarded and plastered.
  • Raised access flooring has been laid up to level 5 in the West section.
  • The East exhibition space has been fully boarded, plastered and first coated.
  • Underfloor heating systems have been installed.
  • External feature windows on the North elevation have been installed.
  • Windows across the full South Elevation have been installed.
  • Dry lining can now continue without the fear of water damage.
  • Installation of cladding panels has started.
  • The Energy Centre external path has been completed. The pathway has been constructed at a 1 in 20 gradient with resting stations for wheelchair access.

Health & Safety

There have been no injuries or accidents on site.

Did you know...?

Bouygues currently employ two Masters of Civil and Structural Engineering on the 4ES project, showing the opportunities for students to progress into industry.

 

 

4 East South: Project Update

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📥  4 East South

The project has made good progress during December despite a halt in construction over the Christmas period and the recent bad weather conditions:

  • Screeding (levelled concrete flooring) has been completed on level 4.
  • The underfloor heating system has been installed.
  • Installation of paving slabs on the West core roof has been completed.
  • Over 90% of the building’s windows have been installed.
  • East core has been fully insulated.
  • Installation of radiators has begun on Levels 2 and 3 in the West core.
South elevation

South elevation

Internal

Internal progress

Health & Safety

There have been no injuries or accidents on site.

The site has achieved a 98% score in the recent health and safety compliance audit. The team has never scored lower than 97%.

Did you know...?

To date over 170 tons of reinforced steel has been used in the structure, the equivalent weight of a fully grown Blue Whale.

 

4 East South: Project update

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📥  4 East South

Despite the recent windy conditions and heavy rainfall progress has been good.

  • The building’s West core has received a weather proof coating.
  • All windows have been installed on the West core.
  • The West core is scheduled to be completely water tight by early December.
  • Construction of the parapet walls on the East core has begun.
  • In December the parapets will be covered with an asphalt layer.
  • Internal mechanical and electrical works have begun.

Health & Safety

There have been no injuries or accidents on site.

The site has achieved a 98% score in the recent health and safety compliance audit. The team has never scored lower than 97%.

Did you know...?

The site team recently took part in the Chartered Institute of Building’s charity quiz and raised £2004 for the Wallace and Gromit appeal.

 

 

4 East South: Project update

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📥  4 East South

Progress to date

The site team have made excellent progress during October and remain on schedule.

  • The roof has been completed and a weatherproofing will begin in November.
  • Once the roof has been made weather tight internal works will commence.
  • The erection of the West core steel frame is nearing completion.
  • Installation of reinforced concrete planks has been completed on the East core, Level 7.
  • The installation of windows on the south elevation’s façade has commenced.
  • Internal partitioning and plumbing on levels 1 to 5 which is going well.
4es-nov-small

Health & Safety

There have been no injuries or accidents on site.

The site team has achieved a ‘Beyond Compliance Award’ from the Considerate Constructors Scheme. This award shows the team’s dedication to health and safety standards, as well as their commitment to customer services to both staff and neighbours.

Did you know...?

The site team has used approximately 1100 cubic meters of concrete and 200 tons of re-enforced steel on on the project, which is the same amount that was used for NASA’s initial Space Launch System.

 

 

4 East South: Project update

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📥  4 East South

Progress to date

September was been a busy month:

  • The second double height level has been completed.
  • The reinforced concrete frame has been completed up to Level 6.
  • The erection of cladding between levels 2 and 4 has begun.
  • Construction of parapets on the roof is underway.
  • Painting contractors have finished work on the Level 5 soffits, which has allowed for the mechanical and electrical subcontractors to begin work on the floor.
  • The site team has begun installing the internal partition walls on Level 2.

Internal partitions on Level 2

Soffits on Level 5

Health & Safety

Zero accidents on site.

Did you know...?

The site has been audited by the Considerate Constructor Scheme and has achieved the excellent score of 43.

The Considerate Constructor Scheme is a non-profit organization, it was founded in 1997 to improve the outward appearance of the construction industry to the public.

 

4 East South: Project update

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📥  4 East South

Progress to date

August has been a productive month:

  • The reinforced concrete frame is complete up to Level 5 on the west wing and Level 4 on the east.
  • The first double height studio floor is now completed, the next one will be finished in the first week of September.
  • In the next month, work will start on the façade of the building together with completion of the west wing roof.
  • Internal works are continuing on the data centre, internal partitions have started and the fit out of the mechanical and electrical installation first fix is on programme.
  • The energy centre and the footpath are scheduled to reopen in time for the start of term.
  • Painters have just finished the soffits on Level 3; mechanical and electrical subcontractors are currently working on this level.
Level 5 West core slab being poured

Level 5 West core slab being poured

Health & Safety

Zero accidents on site; the team has received 100% score in the safety audit.

Level 3 soffits have been painted

Level 3 soffits have been painted

Did you know...?

We have been audited during August for Ecosite, which is a Bouygues Construction site environmental initiative. This approach seeks to reduce the environmental footprint of our operations during the construction phase. The internal label rewards sites that have implemented site environmental standards, common to all Group entities.

If the 4ES project achieves the standard, it will be the first site in the western region to do so.

We'll know the result of the audit in September.

More information about Ecosite.

 

 

4 East South: Project update - August 2015

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📥  4 East South

Progress to date

The project is going well, and this month we have made good progress.

  • The reinforced concrete frame up to Level 4 on the West wing, and level 3 on the East has been completed. The West wing frame should be fully completed by the end of August.
  • Internal works have started on the data centre, and the fit out of the Mechanical and Electrical installation.
  • Work progresses at high level to form the first of the two double-height spaces (see below image). The pre-cast concrete floor is planned for delivery week commencing 10 August 2015.


Double Columns and Beams


Newly poured concrete of Level 4

 

Health & Safety

  • Bouygues-UK and the Bath site team are proud to announce that they have won the Gold ROSPA 2015 Award for Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Zero accidents on site; the team has received 100% score in the safety audit.

Did you know...?

This month we were very fortunate to receive a visit from students from across the country as part of the ‘Headstart’ programme, arranged with the University of Bath, to help young people gain an understanding of construction processes. It was an enjoyable and informative day - hopefully our visitors will be designing schemes of their own in the future!

The girls

The boys