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Building On Solent Universities Success

21.06.2016 | News
Solent University is in the middle of delivering its plans for growth with the building of a new £21.5 million, iconic, new high-tec teaching block. This new facility hails the beginning of a major redevelopment that will transform the campus and the East Park neighbourhood in Southampton.
Designed by Scott Browning and due for completion in the 2nd half of 2015 it will provide a spectacular atrium as part of the central hub of the new teaching block. The new building measures 18 meters x 80 meters by 7 storeys including basements. When complete the new facility will provide state of the art lighting, acoustics and a naturally ventilated environment to the lecture theatres, seminar facilities together with flexible space for social, exhibition, shows and events, designed to achieve a BREAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

This new structure will sit alongside the Sir John Everett building and will be linked to the rest of East Park Terrace campus.

The new teaching block is a 5 – 7 storey RC frame building 18 meters x 80 meters long with higher than normal floor to soffit heights of 3.2 m and generally 300 mm thick RC slabs with 725 mm down-stand beams, 2000 x 2850 mm balconies and 600 x 600 columns. The RC basement walls were cast against contiguous piles.

Interserve was awarded the contract to build and oversee the construction of this new facility. However, Interserve added greater value to the university in taking an active role in Curriculum Support programme providing senior managers to lecture to Construction students and to use the site of the new teaching block as a unique and real time learning experience for the Construction faculty students.

Interserve awarded the RC building frame, enabling works and basement excavation to Shoreland Project Ltd, a Southampton based specialist concrete frame contractor. The construction of the RC frame involved the construction of single sided basement walls, 600 x 600 mm columns, staircase and service shaft walls, 300 mm floor slabs, 600 - 750 mm deep drop beams and balconies at each floor made more complex with different balcony locations at each floor level.

As can be imagined with the spotlight on the construction from the University students, getting construction right, having to build to a tight program, including the delivery of safe and high quality outcomes was an added pressure that both Interserve and Shoreland’s had to face. Construction has progressed well with the topping out of the concrete frame expected early in week commencing 30th March 2015. Shorelands’s chose to use Doka for all its formwork needs, using Doka’s supporting props and Framax panels for the construction the single sided walls, Doka’s KS column boxes for the 600 x 600 mm columns and Doka’s new slab forming system ‘Dokadek 30’, a high productivity system which can be safely assembled and struck from below the slab under construction and Doka XP slab edge protection barriers.

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