Portland Update July 2017
The Portland Building refurbishment has been ongoing now since the beginning of May and, aside from the normal issues faced by any building works and trying not to get in your way too much, is steadily progressing. You may have noticed that more and more of the building has been hidden behind boards for the next round of improvements, presenting a significant difference when moving around the building, but come September, it will all have been worth it!
We know there have been a few unpleasant side effects – fire alarms, network cuts, noise and smells, all of which should start to reduce now, so thank you for bearing with us throughout this.
The space where you’ll soon find your new Café, West wing retail area, reception area and SU Officers’ permanent office are changing daily, so there’s plenty to look forward to there.
The central lift has been removed in preparation for a funky glass number, which will feel less service lift - more Willy Wonka’s glass elevator.
The Atrium has lost a few windows (which has kept the building cool on summer days at least) in preparation for the construction of the sky bridge, which will join the old and new parts of the building and allow easy access from D and E floors to the restaurant area.
The previous Societies storage room has undergone a face lift, resulting in the removal of the security cages and is being prepared to have new walls and doors beginning its transformation into the Multi-faith area.
Work proposed for Phase 4 project has been conducted with the final layouts of the Get Involved and Media Zones close to decided. Planning has also started for a new dance studio and plenty of new bookable spaces on E floor.
Although the works have been inconvenient at times when passing through the building, we’re sure that once the hoarding begins to disappear and the finished product is revealed, the inconvenience will be forgotten.
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