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The Milner Centre for Evolution Project update

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📥  Milner Centre

Welcome to the third monthly update aimed at keeping you up to speed on the new Milner Centre for Evolution project. Our site manager, Firhan Rudorf-Saeed is on site throughout the working day, and should be the first point of contact for any issues.

They are currently holding weekly meetings with the users of Building 4SA, and attend the monthly University contractors meeting with a view to keeping staff and students informed of their works and to give notice of any potential disruption.

The first stage of the groundworks is nearly complete. They are at the closing stages of excavating the ground to lower levels to install foundations and drainage up to 3m in depth. There will still be some element of noisy works, as the works involving the removal of rock is still ongoing. The noise and vibration is intermittent throughout the working day, and will take them into the end of April/beginning of May. The removal of excavated material from site by haulage lorries is now approximately 85% complete. Road conditions are constantly being monitored, and a road sweeper is being utilised as and 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 now been completed. There is no further work planned in the immediate future which will affect the road outside our site compound.

Moving forward, the ground floor slab will be poured in two visits with the use of concrete pumps. The second week of May will see steel arrive on site, and the works involving the steel erection will take us up to the end of May. The steel will be erected with the use of mobile cranes and also mobile elevating working platforms which, unfortunately, do emit a loud beep when in operation.

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

Current site

Milner Centre site 1 Milner Centre site 2 Milner Chart

 

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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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.

 

18 Manvers Street project update

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📥  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

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📥  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

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📥  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.

 

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.

 

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.