Estates and Campus Services update

Find out in this edition, how we have made improvements to our campus, the latest updates on our projects that are underway and what is coming next for our team.

Our campus

halls octMore than just managing a building  –  Our Halls team welcomed over 3,500 new students into halls, with the first international students arriving from 12 September, helping them settle into life in Portsmouth. The team is responsible for not just keeping the residences safe, clean and comfortable, but also assisting with community living and student welfare. The Student Support team, in particular, are on hand to students with their concerns and anxieties and work closely with wellbeing and support services across the University to help with their transition to university life. The support also includes an out of hours provision for serious welfare issues. Hall staff particularly enjoy hearing from ex-residents, who often visit during graduation with family members to express their gratitude to the hall staff for their support during the initial year and its challenges.

The Welfare Knock (weeks commencing 31 October and 14 November) is a key part of the annual activity in all halls, including Unite Halls, to remind students that support is available if they need it. (If you would like to get involved find out more here.)

Project updates

MMerc octercantile House refurbishment – Kier Construction are progressing well with completion works including Floors 3 and 4 Kitchens and WCs, as part of Phase 1 of Mercantile’s refurbishment.

Library roof – Mitie have commenced works on site to create a temporary roof to allow the building to remain fully operational while roof maintenance takes place. Some areas within the building have had protective scaffold installed to enable the safe replacement of the glazed roof lights, further areas within the main library will also have similar protection installed. The works will be undertaken in a phased programme completing in January 2017.

St Andrew’s Court: preparations for nursing programme – Kier Construction are making excellent pIMG_2518rogress with the building work required to enable the nursing programme launch and are currently on track to hand over the facilities by the end of October. The Nursing and Midwifery Council reviewers toured the site as part of the approval event and were impressed with the emerging teaching and simulation spaces. The staff are looking forward to the imminent handover so they can prepare for the new course scheduled to start on 30 January 2017.

Over the next couple of weeks Kier will begin removing their site accommodation to make way for the Simbulance and Simulation Outreach Vehicle. One or two cabins will be temporarily relocated to the centre of the courtyard until Kier have completely finished work.

Future Technology Centre (FTC)
–Work continues on site and you may have seen the piling rig earlier in the month. View the latest time laps video to see how this progressed by scrolling to the bottom of this web page

I would encourage you to comment on this update if you have any feedback. I look forward to updating you on progress in the next Estates and Campus Services update.

Fiona Bell
Director of Estates and Campus Services

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