The Countdown Has Begun..
In less than a month the Union Upgrade work will have moved into another gear as we handover the Riley Smith Hall to contractors for the refurbishment to begin. Last week in LUU we were celebrating the Riley and said a very temporary goodbye with refreshments, nibbles, and a toast from our Activities Officer, Piers Cottee-Jones.
It is really tough to take a space away from our student activities, but the reality is that the short-term pain is going to be well worth it as we will get an amazing theatre space later next year. As we lose the Riley we will be setting up a theatre in the Refectory just next door. If the “Riley’s” last year or our RAG Fashion Show is anything to go by, this space will be transformed and offer a great alternative for our performing groups.
The technical update is that the tenders were received for the construction contract and two have been selected to develop their submissions which will be the full building cost. At this point, around the end of February, a final contractor will be selected who will commence their works around Easter, following the preliminary enabling work we start at Christmas. Each of the selected contractors will have their own ideas about how we should do the planned work and in what order, and once this has been agreed we can communicate the final schedule.
Final decisions about interior design and fit-out are being worked through with ADP Design and DLA Architecture. As soon as we have any new images drafted I would like to use this site to get feedback from students and staff.
The plans for our improved accessibility and environmental management remain a high priority for the scheme. Over the next two months we confirm the final content of the scheme and these two elements remain high on the agenda, along with the general improvement to student activity space and our communal areas.
I hope you remain as excited as I do about the work. We are about to experience our first disruption, but I know it is going to be worth it. Please continue to use this website to raise any questions or suggestions for us to reply to.
….and have a great Christmas.