Month of May

May so far has seen the completion  of the beautiful copper cladding (minus the odd panel here and there still to be fitted) which looks fantastic. Photos below, but you really should take a wander past if you haven’t already!

Plastering, interior windows and doors have been finished and fitted on most floors, the wooden cladding on the stairwell is being fitted and the spiral staircase takes pride of place in the large window which looks out over the lake and the eastern part of campus.

Our fantastic interior designers, Nomad have designed a variety of bespoke furniture for the ground floor space as well as bespoke furniture for study spaces on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors which is starting to take shape in the building.

Furniture for the entire building has been carefully chosen and is currently under production, ready to be fitted throughout June and July!

There is still a lot of progress to be made and the internal fit out and furnishing will take place throughout June and July, along with the book stock and staff moves. It’s going to be a busy summer period, but we can’t wait for August when the building will be fully furnished and ready to wow! all of it’s visitors!

Progress pictures from May 2018. Thanks to Ian Palgrave-Neath for some awesome photos of Catalyst.

Beautiful copper cladding
Beautiful copper cladding
Beautiful copper cladding
View from the 2nd floor over Creative Edge
Internal glass walls
Cladding on the stairwell
Cladding on the stairwell
Cladding on the stairwell
Spiral staircase – awaiting finishing touches
Bespoke ‘hedge walls’ under construction on the 3rd floor

 

Coffee, Wagtails and a spiral staircase

Wow! What a busy few months it has been! Since our last progress update post (back in February!!!) so much has changed and progressed with the building project. The next few posts will be updates from the last few months with plenty of progress pictures!

April 2018

April was an exciting month with the arrival of the spiral staircase which will take users between the 1st and 2nd floors whilst having the opportunity to take in the stunning view from the floor to ceiling window which looks out over the eastern campus and the lake.

Underfloor heating was installed on the ground floor and construction of the main entrance to the building also began.

The Coffee Shop was a awarded to Aramark, a company who specialise in providing food services to Universities and stadiums, and a sneak peek at their proposals for food and coffee menus has got us all very excited!

The flooring design for the ground floor of Catalyst was finalised and  Nomad have done a fantastic job at turning the flooring in to a real feature of the building. The flooring on the ground floor has been specifically designed to complement the colour schemes and layout of the building and will be a real focal point when you enter Catalyst.

April also featured more site visits for staff and we were joined by Luke Myer, Vice-President Academic Representation, from the Students’ Union on a tour.

We also had a visit from a well known character around campus, Mr Wagtail! He was caught on our webcam keeping an eye on progress. We’re sure wagtails will feature again within the project, along with lots of other wildlife!

Progress pictures from April 2018

Catalyst ground floor flooring design
Catalyst ground floor flooring design
Mr Wagtail keeping an eye on progress
The spiral staircase arrives!
The spiral staircase is moved in to place
The spiral staircase is moved in to place
Underfloor heating being installed on the ground floor
Construction of the main entrance begins
Coffee Shop concept idea
Coffee Shop concept idea

Lindsay McBride

Project Manager

Marching on

Wow! What a busy few months it has been! Since our last progress update post (back in February!!!) so much has changed and progressed with the building project. The next few posts will be updates from the last few months with plenty of progress pictures!

March 2018

In March we saw fantastic progress with the copper cladding on the exterior of Catalyst which surrounds almost all of the building. It looks stunning in the sunlight and is a real feature of the building. Windows on the ground floor and roof lights on the third floor were fitted, making it feel much more like a building and less like a construction site (well, slightly!) and the plasterboard and plastering began on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors.

Our interior designers, Nomad, provided a concept of the colour palette which will feature thoughout the building including in the bespoke furniture elements and throughout the loose furniture items such as chairs and sofas.

March also saw members of Directorate take a tour of Catalyst to catch up on progress and discuss the different spaces within the building. We think Vice-Chancellor, John Cater, and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Mark Allanson, were both very excited about the developments on campus.

Here are some progress pictures from March.

Copper Cladding – March 2018
Copper Cladding – March 2018
View from the main car park – March 2018
Third floor – 06.03.18
Third floor roof lights being fitted – 06.03.18
Third floor roof lights being fitted – – 06.03.18
Ground floor glazing begins to be fitted – 06.03.18
Ground floor windows – 06.03.18
Proposed colour scheme
Vice-Chancellor, John Cater and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Mark Allanson visit Catalyst

 

Lindsay McBride

Project Manager

In conversation with…

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of chatting to members of Directorate about Catalyst.

We discussed the inspiration for the name ‘Catalyst’; how they thought the building would enhance the student experience at Edge Hill; and how the change to having three services (Student Services, Careers & Learning Services) all together under one roof could improve the way we support our students.

Click the videos below to hear what John, Mark, Steve & Lynda had to say.

What inspired the name Catalyst?

Why did EHU choose to invest in a new building, which houses the Library, Learning Services, Student Services and Careers under one roof?

How do you think Catalyst will enhance the student experience at EHU?

How do you think Catalyst will change the way the three services currently support our students?

Lindsay

Project Manager