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Estates and campus services update November 2019

Over the past few months there have been a number of building refurbishments and improvements across campus, and a new award granted to halls of residence staff.

Burrell House refurbishment completed

Burrell House halls of residence opened its doors in September ready for our new student intake, following an extensive £4.7 million refurbishment carried out by construction company Morgan Sindall.

The refurbishment has improved the energy efficiency and environmental comfort of the accommodation by upgrading windows, doors, the roof and building services. A launderette has been installed within the hall and the decor has been refreshed in study rooms and communal areas which includes new contemporary furniture. The recently upgraded communal kitchen facilities have also been retained to make the hall a more attractive place to live.

Feedback from some of our new residents include:

  • Conner said: “Room is nice and bright, really feels comfortable, and very happy with furniture and fittings. Common rooms are great for socialising and meeting friends and the modern furniture gives it a great feel.”
  • Joe & Nathan said: “Fantastic environment, rooms are comfortable and having a common room on each floor with TVs, pool table and bar football is great. The building design with open corridors makes it easy to socialise and make friends.”
  • Jemima, Aodhan, Tarquin, and Kiara said: “Great colours give a relaxing feel about the place. The rooms are nice and the furniture used in common rooms. The design is very contemporary and modern. The kitchens are great to meet up and enjoy a meal with others. It is great that you can easily move around the hall, meet up with friends and share common rooms and facilities.”

University Learning Centre improvements

Our construction partners Kier have completed converting the 6 old training kitchens formerly used by Highbury College into teaching spaces. These include a 91 seat cabaret style classroom, an 88 seat IT suite and two large flat classrooms (65 and 54 seat). The newsroom has also been relocated from Milldam.

Replacement of the front and rear revolving doors and the external signage are to be undertaken shortly. New audio visual equipment has also been installed to existing classrooms and new teaching spaces that are now in use.

Pharmacy practice area updated

The pharmacy practice area in St Michael’s Building has been updated and refurbished to ensure that the Faculty of Science and Health retained its accreditation for teaching pharmacy practice.

The refurbishment has created a first class multifunctional teaching facility for the faculty, providing an excellent learning environment for our students. The project was undertaken as part of the planned refurbishment of King Henry and St Michael’s buildings.

Halls of residence staff achieve Hospitality Assured Premier Status

Following a recent two-day assessment the staff at Rees Hall, Burrell House, Bateson Hall and Harry Law, were awarded the Hospitality Assured Accreditation, with an overall score of 76.5% for the services they provide.

Hospitality Assured is the quality standard created by the Institute of Hospitality, specifically for customer-facing businesses. It enables businesses to reach and exceed their full potential by following world-class processes, customer service standards and employee engagement.

Catering at Rees Hall

Interim Head of Residential Services George Heir produced a digital Evidence Pack for the assessment, and team members provided a wide range of other supporting documents and interviews.

The Assessor said: “Based on all the evidence gained during the assessment process a score of 76.5% has been awarded to University of Portsmouth Residential Services.

“This truly excellent achievement is an increase over the 2017 score and is especially noteworthy as the scope of the assessment has been extended to include the entire University owned halls of residence portfolio. This is a reflection of the progressive changes, improvements and enhancements that have been implemented in that period and a credit to the leadership.”

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