Earlier in the year, the University’s Finance and Strategy Committee approved two exciting capital projects for the Estates Department’s project team to focus on during the busy summer months of 2018.
The first one is the major investment in the new electrical systems and seating at Theatr Y Werin in the Arts Centre, one of Wales’ leading theatres. The Theatr closed its doors on 3 April 2018 for the project, as the venue undergoes its first comprehensive electrical upgrade since it opened in 1972. Drama by Design have produced a demanding but exciting specification. The work will see a new production lighting system fitted along with energy saving lighting and a self-testing emergency lighting system. New seating and carpets will also be installed in the 300-seater auditorium and we are currently in the process of tendering for the specialist supplier of theatre seating to manufacture and install the new seats. Fagan Electrical Limited have been appointed as the principal contractor and good progress is being made on site. The project is on programme to be delivered on time in the autumn of 2018.
The second project, following a consultation period and listening to the voice of students was the decision to relocate key academic departments back to the Penglais Campus from Llanbadarn. This would ensure full-time undergraduate teaching activity would be at our main campus on Penglais, with the aim of consolidating our estate, further strengthening our collegiality, fostering increased interdisciplinary and maximising the student experience. In order to facilitate this relocation, over 100 staff will need to be relocated, as well as making big changes to teaching spaces. Suppliers of removal services are currently tendering to manage the physical moves of staff on Penglais and between Penglais and Llanbadarn. AV specialists, lighting specialists and other trades are engaging in our plans to provide a 76-seater PC lab on Penglais campus and to improve several other CTT teaching spaces as well. Currently, we plan to be finished with the staff moves before the end of July, and are committed to having the teaching spaces available for the 2018 – 2019 academic year.