Date: 07 March 2013
Last year we developed our vision for Bournemouth University, BU2018 – Creating, Sharing, and Inspiring. As part of this vision we committed to providing world class facilities to support world class performance, as well as reducing our impact on the environment.
We have made an impressive start to this development with the work that was undertaken last year, in particular over the very busy summer period. Over the past few months we have been undertaking a strategic review of our current estate and how we want to see it develop over the coming 40 years. This will support the delivery of BU2018 and beyond and enhance both the staff and student experiences.
We will be undertaking significant engagement on this wider vision over the coming months.
Our first development in our 40 year vision is to build a new Student Centre.
The new building is a decisive step towards improving the student experience at Bournemouth University. It responds to the need for high quality spaces where students can engage collaboratively in social learning and study activities with full access to a range of integrated services.
The aims of the Student Centre are:
- To enhance SUBU’s presence on Talbot Campus
- To improve the student experience
- To facilitate students’ personal development
There follows some FAQs which we hope will answer most of your questions concerning this new development.
1. When will work start?
Subject to planning approval works will commence in June 2013.
2. When will it be completed?
The Student Centre will be open to students in April 2015.
3. What will be in the new Student Centre?
The six storey Student Centre will include social learning spaces, SUBU offices, a student advice centre, a cafe, radio and media studios, bookable meeting rooms and access points for student services.
At the third floor a glazed walkway will provide direct access to the library.
4. During construction will it be disruptive and/or noisy? How will you warn students and staff and will there be regular updates?
As with any major development, intermittent noise disturbance will happen throughout the construction period. Staff and Students will be notified of any periods of high risk via messages and updates published on the Staff and Student portals. In addition, any weekend or evening work will be publicised in advance. We will be doing all that we can to minimise this impact during the construction period
5. Will there be restricted access to other areas?
There is likely to be some disruption.
- The capacity of the Sports Hall will be reduced to 150 persons during construction.
- The Sports Hall will be closed between June and September in 2014.
- The walkway between the Library and the Sports Hall will closed during construction and as a result the Allesbrooke lecture theatre will only be accessible via the Library courtyard during construction.
6. Will parking be relocated and where will the construction traffic go?
- The existing cycle compound behind the Sports Hall contains 40 cycle stands and will be relocated to the edge of the Student Village.
- Temporary construction accommodation will be located in a secure compound which will be positioned in car park 2 - this will result in a small reduction in on-site parking.
- Deliveries will be scheduled to avoid peak traffic times.
- The existing 6 short stay parking spaces to the side of the Sports Hall will be lost and reduced provision will be made in car park 1.
7. How environmentally friendly is the building?
- The building will be designed and constructed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating (further information about BREEAM can be found at www.breeam.org.uk)
- The building will be capable of being naturally ventilated to improve the internal environment and reduce energy consumption.
- Photovoltaic panels and ground source heat pumps will be provided to reduce carbon emissions.
- Sedum roofs (otherwise known as green roofs) will be provided to increase the ecological value of the site.
- South facing Brise-soleil will be provided to reduce peak summer heat gains but still allowing winter daylight to penetrate internal spaces.
- A revolving door will be provided at the main ground floor entrance to minimise cold draughts and reduce heat loss.
- Increased thermal insulation will be provided to reduce heat loss.
- Energy efficient lighting and boilers will be installed to reduce energy consumption.
- We will reduce water consumption with the installation of efficient sanitary ware.
8. Will any trees or wildlife be affected by the construction?
The building will require the removal of four trees from the northern section of the site and these will be replaced by plantings elsewhere on the campus.
9. What is the impact on the physical environment surrounding the New Student Centre?
- The existing storage area on the site will be consolidated with other storage areas.
- The new hard landscape around the building will comprise block paving with up lighters set flush with the paving.
- Pedestrian access will be via the existing network of communal spaces and walking routes. The main entrance will be accessible from the courtyard.
- Vehicle access to the campus will not be affected
10. Can you tell me about the design?
- The building design respects the character of the site and complements existing uses at Talbot Campus.
- The northern part of the building comprises a central atrium with stairs rising through this to allow percolation of natural light and ventilation.
- The southern part steps down in height and is sympathetic with other lower buildings.
- The materials selected will be similar to those used on other buildings at BU Talbot Campus.
- The northern elevation (the part of the building facing the Poole House Rear Courtyard) will be glazed from ground level to the fifth floor which will provide views and connectivity into and out of the building.
11. Who will be relocated and what happens to the freed up space?
- SUBU staff and sabbatical officers will be relocated from the second floor of Poole House to the Student Centre.
- A decision has not been made with regard to the future use of the space decanted by SUBU.
12. Who has been engaged in discussions so far?
- BU University Board
- University Executive Team
- University Leadership Team
- SUBU (Student Union Bournemouth University)
- Student and Academic Services including the Library and Culture, Community and Sports Teams
- Estates including the Facilities, Maintenance and the Environment and Energy Teams
- AUB (Arts University Bournemouth)
- Poole Borough Council Planning Department (via Pre-Application service)
- General BU student body (engagement event held on 22.02.13)
13. Will the project generate local jobs and make an economic contribution to the area?
The construction of the building will provide an economic contribution to the local area. It is estimated that 53% of the construction spend will be spent within 20 miles of the site.
14. Where is the money coming from?
The development will be funded from positive cash inflows which are generated annually from all activities of the university together with an existing loan facility.
Further details can be requested via:
Steve Cox, Project Manager email@example.com
Future updates on the developments will be posted on the Student and Staff Portals.