Estates and Campus Services update – May

Find out in this edition the next phase of work on Mercantile, how caretakers are developing the support they provide, the latest updates on our projects that are underway.

Bid made for Santander Cycles
This month, we submitted a bid to the Santander Cycle university competition and if successful it will provide a cycle hire scheme that can be funded and sustained within the local community.

This cycle scheme would be fully aligned with our masterplan objectives. By initiating a cycle scheme in Portsmouth, the University and Santander could well be the catalyst required to change the mobility habits of the University community, residents and local businesses for good. Like the City Council, our aspiration is to contribute to the health and well being of everyone in the city, its 9 million tourist visitors and of course our 23,000 students and 2,300 staff.

We would like to thank  students, Alex Powell and Ben Conway, that supported the bid by making a pitch for £10,000 to the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). We are pleased to confirm that the LEP have made a commitment to contribute the full amount if we are successful.

MH Archs Mercantile Ext Image - 11.04.17jgMercantile House Phase 2 commences
Phase 2 and 3 improvements to Mercantile House are about to commence with the refurbishment of floors 3, 4 and 9 which will ultimately accommodate Academic Registry.

The work will also include a new roof, windows, external redecoration, undercroft stores, enlarged entrance lobby, replacement of lifts, refurbishment of stairs and external landscaping.

Scaffold will start going up around the building in preparation for accessing the roof and replacing the windows. Each floor will be temporarily decanted into floors 3 and 4 whilst the windows are being replaced and then returned to their floor, this is currently planned for July and August. The plan is to complete all improvements by early next year.

Library  improvements
The majority of the library roof was approximately 25 years old and it had been repaired on numerous occasions however the Library continued to leak with buckets being used to collect the rain and shelving being moved to avoid damaging the books.

MITIE have replaced the roof so it is now insulated with a 20 year guarantee. As part of the improvements the high level windows were replaced with double glazing and new condenser units were put in. These improvements will help to keep the building cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

DentistSummer work – William Beatty Dental Academy
The west wing first floor of the Dental Clinic will be refurbished over the summer period to improve and update the current facilities. This will be a challenging fast-track project with little time to spare so the project team are currently planning the works whilst designs and specifications are being finalised. To enable these improvements the clinic will be closed for seven weeks from 17 July to 4 September.

Improving support from caretakers
Caretaker rotation was introduced in 2015 and designed to ensure that all of the Caretakers gained similar knowledge about all of the Academic and Support buildings. The Caretakers are split into three groups; St Andrews, King Henry and Buckingham.  During the rotation they were moved to different buildings within their own group, and two at a time were moved to the other two groups for six weeks. The end goal was that any Caretaker could be moved to any other building for operational reasons, and they have a good idea of how the building works and who key staff are. This was also facilitated by the creation of a useful information book for each building to refer to.

20170522_134202 (1)Future Technology Centre construction update 
The concrete to the final mezzanine level has now been poured. The main structure of the building is now clearly visible along with the pod projections at first second and third floor level. The Contractor has undertaken the breakthroughs into Portland Building during the Easter Holidays to minimise disturbance to the building occupants. We extend our thanks for the tolerance whilst this activity has been undertaken. The first fix of mechanical ducting and cable trays are now underway and the structure for the main roof will be installed shortly. View the latest time lapse video.

Fairtrade Fortnight
As part of 2017 Fairtrade Fortnight, Food on Campus staged an evening talk by a Nicaragua coffee producer in the Eldon coffee shop. He is part of a co-operative is Cecocafen (Central Association of Northern Coffee Cooperatives) which was founded in 1997 with  500 small producer members. They now have 2,600 members organised into twelve community based co-operatives.  In the UK their Fairtrade coffee is sold through Cafedirect. The focus of the speaker tour was how climate change has affected farmers, examples of mitigation and adaptation programmes and why Fairtrade is so important. The University currently serves some of the coffee beans from this co-operative in it’s outlets.

mumbles_volunteer_crew_to_row_to_tenbyCatering and you can support the RNLI
The Catering staff at the University are pleased to be working with the RNLI to help raise funds for the amazing work they do by selling coastal spring water in all our coffee shops and outlets. Since its launch Coastal Spring has raised in excess of £30,000 for the RNLI.  The charity are 100% reliant on donations and fund raising events so these vital funds could buy warm, waterproof kit to protect lifeboat crews on treacherous shouts at sea; or train lifeguards to keep family beaches safe in Summer. It could even go towards a state-of-the-art lifeboat, helping to secure our lifesaving rescue service for generations to come. For almost 200 years, the RNLI has relied entirely on the generous support of the public to fund their 24/7 lifesaving service around the coasts of the UK and Republic of Ireland. This includes the famous lifeboats, most of which are crewed by volunteers. These brave men and women head out to sea in the worst conditions imaginable – day and night – and risk their lives to save others. Coastal Spring bottled water is sourced from protected Cornish moorland and bottled using a carbon neutral process.


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