Project 360: University of Gloucestershire
Nigel Wichall, Estates Manager, University of Gloucestershire
The series of projects for the University of Gloucestershire have all been invaluable additions to both staff and students at the University, and were all successfully delivered to the time and cost parameters set, which is a significant achievement when reflecting on the complexity of each scheme.
The combined effect of the three projects totalling £5.3m has allowed the University to consolidate accommodation and as a consequence reduce our annual operating cost whilst achieving significant carbon reduction savings. Most importantly, we can now offer our students state-of-the-art, industry standard facilities enabling them to be at the forefront of training and skills as University leavers.
The commitment and expertise provided by the Speller Metcalfe team was fundamental to each project, who clearly understand that project aftercare is as important to us as achieving practical completion.
Colin Huntley, Contracts Manager, Speller Metcalfe
The series of projects for the University of Gloucestershire were developed as refurbishment schemes to upgrade facilities. They incorporated a range of features; redevelopment and remodelling of the existing Student Union bar into a state-of-the-art media centre that included high spec sound installations (including sound absorbant floors, ceilings and walls), radio and TV studios and editing suites. Consequently, the SU bar was moved to Park Campus and transformed into a bright, airy space for students alongside a new coffee shop and refectory. This was completed following an additional six weeks work of asbestos removal which was incorporated and completed within the original 15 week schedule – a massive challenge and a fantastic achievement.
Over at Hardwick Campus, asbestos was removed from a redundant swimming pool that was subsequently filled in; following demolition and site clearance of the area, this has made way for a new car park and external landscaping. Adjacent to the car park, the existing sports hall and gymnasium were completely refurbished to create a new Arts and Photography facility. Finally, the hospitality centre and kitchens on Francis Close Hall Campus were also refurbished into creative Advertising and Illustration studios.
Becki Smith, ADP Architecture
ADP worked with Speller Metcalfe on a series of refurbishment schemes to upgrade facilities at the University of Gloucestershire. With a tight programme and challenging deadlines, good team working has been essential for both the design team and the client to achieve the objectives of the project.
ADP’s Architectural Assistant, Rebecca Smith (pictured), worked with ADP Associate, David Jovetic, to deliver the projects. The ADP team commented: ‘Overall, the project has been a challenging but rewarding one. Speller Metcalfe were proactive and liaised with the staff and students throughout the project, remaining flexible with the structure of the building programme to fit around the exam timetable to minimise the disruption to the University.
Despite the many challenges throughout the project, the team worked together well to deliver the project on time and on budget.