As part of the continuing investment in our campuses and buildings, the Estates Department staff are approaching their busiest period of the year. The department has been planning and completing tendering processes over the winter months, and is looking forward to seeing the improvements come to fruition.
Improvement works in the pipeling, to name but a few, are:
- Installation of a lift onto the piazza to improve access to the Arts Centre and Students Union;
- Continued replacement of boilers in academic and residential buildings;
- Resurfacing of roads and the Edward Llwyd car park;
- Continued refurbishment of toilets;
- Redecorating corridors, stairwells and foyers;
- Improvements to street lighting, which is now in its third phase;
- A new roof for the Cledwyn building;
- Improvement works to Cledwyn bridge and spur to address structural issues, add insulated cladding to the external facade, install modern double glazed window units and replace roof surface;
- New floor for Sports Centre swimming pool changing rooms;
- New floor for the Sports Cage;
- G38 Cinema Suite;
- Replace railings around Llandinam.
In addition, the grounds will be improved with plans to sow more wildflower turf similar to the verge alongside the Hugh Owen building, which has received numerous compliments from staff, students and visitors.
Major refurbishment of Geography laboratory successfully completed
Aberystwyth University has invested over half a million pounds creating a new 21st Century scientific laboratory for the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (DGES).
Over a period of four months (October 2016 to February 2017) the C66 Kidson Laboratory in the Llandinam Building has been transformed from a traditional 1970’s wet-chemistry and physical analysis laboratory into a state of the art science-based facility.
Through careful reconfiguration of the space layout, the space has become a multi-functional collaborative learning, demonstration and teaching space for the departmental students. The major refurbishment encompassed thermally improving the building fabric including a new roofing liquid plastic covering with substantial insulation, replacing the single glazed windows and north lights to double glazed powder coated aluminium units and controllable Automatic Blinds System to prevent solar gain and glare within the space.
· Mechanical Improvements - Introducing Ventilation into the Lab with Mistral Units, wet system fan convectors for heating and new low energy use fume cupboards.
· Electrical Improvements– LED Dali Lighting, Power Sockets with integrated USB to side and main worktop benching.
· New BMS Control system
These improvements ensure that the space is more energy efficient providing a comfortable and practical space.
Audio Visual learning and teaching equipment have been introduced to support the new pedagogy style.
Colour was introduced to provide new and current students a comfortable and vibrant environment to be in.
Nia Jeremiah, the Project Manager from Estates Department responsible for delivering this project explains: “This has been a challenging but exciting scheme for the Project Team.
By working closely with DGES colleagues to form an ambitious project brief, up to onsite works stage. The main contractor faced several obstacles during the construction phase and addressed these professionally and swiftly to prevent delays to the handover date.
This new fantastic facility will enhance the students’ learning experience and supports the new teaching styles. This allows a more modern way for conducting experiments and recording data for students supported by academic staff”.
Due to time constraints, the work was carried out for the very first time during the Academic year and Semester time. The Building contract was awarded to W J G Evans & Sons Building Contractor based in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire in September 2016.The new 21st Century Laboratory facility reopened on 20th February 2017 in time for the first practical session scheduled for Semester 2.
The official opening of these new facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate students is scheduled to take place early May 2017 during the Geography Department’s Centenary Year celebrations.