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Estates and Campus Services update

Since the last 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

summerBuzzing through summer in Catering Services – With a cacophony of events on top of usual business in all the campus services outlets, the team have served over 75,000 canapes and drinks to over 27,000 guests over the last few months.

Ravelin park has been the perfect venue bathed in glorious sunshine for the staff party and Graduation receptions. You may have enjoyed a Margarita and the Mexican chilli at the staff party whilst graduates later enjoyed their glass of Prosecco in the same location. The new approach to the reception has been a real success with graduates appreciating the champagne flutes they could keep and some were even asking for the corks.

In addition to this, the team also provided food and a bar for the Graduation ball from 2pm to 9am the next day, an event that was 12 months in the planning. We really appreciated the support that staff outside the team provided at this event.

Improving energy efficiency – We have improved energy efficiency in five of our buildings across campus through installing some LED lighting. (University House, Eldon, Student Union, Spinnaker Sports Centre and Park)

Portsmouth-aerial-view-with-spinnaker-towerSupporting our city – Throughout the summer the Conferencing and Lettings team had a continuous flow of customers as people stay in our accommodation while they visit our historic city and attend major events. Over 70,000 beds were sold during the summer vacation period to a wide range of individuals, groups and international conference delegates.

The team were pleased to host over 500 individual visitors and staff in support of the Americas Cup and over 1,000 individual and group bookings for people visiting Victorious. The team are now busy preparing for students to arrive as well as booking events for next summer.

Completed works

toiletLibrary toilets – The refurbishment of the toilets to the library have been completed. In addition, new toilets have been added to the upper floors of the library to improve the facilities. Disabled toilet facilities have also been added to the upper floors.

Richmond Building – Additional cellular offices have been created on the third floor to accommodate additional staff within Portsmouth Business School.

Park Building – Improvements have been made on the fourth floor, as a result of staff returning from temporary accommodation in Mercantile House and further postgraduate accommodation has been provided on the ground floor.

hallsImprovements to halls – A number of improvements in Langstone, Burrell and Bateson have taken place ahead of students arriving. Langstone – Refurbishing the kitchen dining facilities in the East and West blocks has been completed. Burrell – Kitchen refurbishments are complete. Bateson – Improvements have been made to kitchen ventilation and the lifts.

Eldon North 3.17 – The area has been reconfigured to provide much needed space for staff within CCI.

Project updates

SACSt Andrew’s Court: Nursing accommodation – Kier Construction formally started work on St Andrews Court nursing accommodation on 4 July 2016. All teams have moved from the areas that will accommodate Nursing.

The work is progressing well on all floors. The reconfigured information centre will return to the front of the building and the Central Timetabling Unit are in improved accommodation on the third floor ahead of the start of term.

Mercantile House refurbishment – Keir Construction formally commenced Phase 1 of Mercantile Refurbishment works on 13 June 2016. Work on this first phase is nearing completion with six floors now being occupied following refurbishments and work underway on floors 3 and 4.

Phase 2 will see work on the roof, a new reception (subject to planning consent), new lifts and windows.

Read the article on line for more information on where teams are now located.

FTC sepFuture Technology Centre (FTC) – The ground-breaking celebration took place this week marking the start of construction on site. Find out more in the latest FTC update.

St Michael’s Building – A number of significant improvements are being made to this building. Replacing the old roof is now complete, and work on the rest of the roof is due to be completed by the middle of October.

Improvements are being made to the bio-resource facility in phases that are due to complete in October.

A new Instrumental Laboratory is being created on the second floor and improvements will be made to the third and fourth floor, neuroecology accommodation.

Library roof repairs – The contract was awarded to MITIE and this project will address the long standing leaks in this building and the scaffold is being erected in preparation for this. The works are to be protected by a temporary roof similar to that which was used recently on Park Building. Some areas within the library will also have protection from the works above or will be temporarily segregated while works to the roof lights and glazing above are undertaken. The provision of the temporary roof will ensure the works are completed without delays from the weather.

Spinnaker Sports CentreSpinnaker roof maintenance – The scaffold has been erected around Spinnaker building for essential maintenance and improvements to the roof. A new staircase will be erected once the scaffold is removed to enable access to the roof for any future maintenance.

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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  1. Is there any update regarding the scaffolding that has been up around the other side of St Andrews (Units 1 to 4) for a while? It feels like they have been up for most of the year without use.


    • The trader that was maintaining the roof has ceased trading and Estates are in the process of resolving the issue.

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