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Investing in our campus - projects progress
The University is investing £100million to provide state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research, a major increase in the availability of on-campus student accommodation and a new Centre for the Arts.
There are four major projects:
New General Teaching Accommodation Building - a dramatic new hub of learning and teaching is planned to offer purpose-built learning facilities ranging from twin 350-seat lecture theatres to 30-seat groupwork rooms. Due to open in October 2013.
New Student Accommodation and Refectory - modern new buildings would provide 708 more bedrooms on campus, all en suite, plus a new refectory seating 350 with a café, delicatessen, coffee shop, pizza and pasta eatery and a bar. Due to open in summer 2014.
New Centre for the Arts - an inspirational new building would provide new facilities for the arts on campus including a theatre, performance and rehearsal studios, a gallery and teaching facilities. Due to open in Autumn 2014.
1 West refurbishment - a major refurbishment of a key academic building at the heart of our campus to provide increased high quality teaching and research space. Due to complete in September 2015.
For more on all of these including architects' images, video fly-throughs and media coverage please follow this link.
For the regular contractor's newletter please click on the issue number:
We will regularly update this page to keep you posted on developments.
We will work hard with the contractors to minimise any potential disruption as the projects progress. Please bear with us.
1 West Update December 2012 - Noisy Works Schedule
From Wednesday 2 January 2013 to Friday 4 January 2013
Saturday 5 January 2013 and Sunday 6 January 2013
Week commencing Monday 7 January
GTA Update November 2012
GTA steelwork commenced being erected on the 5 November 2012 in the Northwest corner of the building and it will take approx 15 weeks to complete the whole structure which will include the concrete floor planks and the concrete staircases.
The first phase of the 1 West enabling/demolition and asbestos removal works have now been completed and the main contractor, Cowlin Construction, is preparing to start the main extension works.
The demolition was delayed due to complications with the existing structure. The Department of Estates worked closely with the consultant team and contractor to minimise disruption; however we appreciate that many staff in the adjacent building were inconvenienced and we are grateful for their tolerance.
The trees approved for removal around the access to the site have now been taken down to create the new access route and prevent damage to the neighbouring buildings. The completed building will include an enhanced landscaped area at the rear entrance. In addition the Department of Estates are coming up with proposals to plant new trees on the campus to mitigate for the loss in this area.
As we start the main works Cowlin will launch a regular newsletter to update on progress and any potential disturbance. We will ensure this is circulated and hope you find it useful.
1 West -contractor appointed and starts on site from 8 October 2012.
General Teaching Accommodation (GTA) Building - planning permission granted.
Student Accommodation and Refectory and Centre for the Arts -planning outcome expected towrds the end of this month.
1 West - work has started on Phase 1 now the enabling works are complete.
General Teaching Accommodation (GTA) Building - the section of the north access road that runs from Founder's Hall to the Estates Office will be closed from 20 August 2012 through to completion of the building in September 2013. A one way system will operate during this period. (Please see map). The Estates car park has also closed.
1 West - planning permission for the expansion and refurbishment was granted.
General Teaching Accommodation (GTA) Building, Student Accommodation and Refectory and Centre for the Arts - we have applied for planning permission and we are currently awaiting an outcome.
1 West - expansion and refurbishment enabling works are underway - Staff Briefing June 2012