Welcome to the seventh monthly update aimed at keeping you up to speed on the new Polden Student Accommodation project.
July has seen the completion of foundations and under-building drainage to allow the concrete frame to progress on all areas of the project. The building team continue to have a large amount of concrete delivered every day which is allowing the concrete frame to rise at a great pace while liaising with the University Security department on all deliveries expected on the campus to minimise disruption as much as possible.
They have now cast the first section of the floor slab on level 3 with only two stories left to complete the corner overlooking the West Car Park.
It is at this level where the builders will introduce temporary waterproofing to the slab to reduce the amount of rainwater entering the building to allow internal trades to commence.
Another major milestone will be reached in the next week as internal block work to form the plant rooms, cycle store, bin store, and office space on the ground floor will commence. This will provide dry, secure areas for plumbers and electricians to start installing the plant rooms that will power the building.
A couple of day's production were lost during this month due to high wind speeds which has prevented tower cranes from being used. One of the safety features on all tower cranes is to sound an alarm when wind speeds exceed a certain limit. The build team are looking into alternative alarms with the crane supplier to prevent the alarm from disrupting neighbouring building users.
As always, the team appreciate your patience and understanding whilst the construction phase is ongoing, and continue to work closely with the University Estates, AHS, and Security teams to minimise disruption as much as possible. As with last month, below are a few photos of progress taken from the tower cranes. What a great view they have from 40m above the ground.
Current site (from above)
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)
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.