Summer is nearly over and whilst most of us have had chance for a break and to recharge our batteries ready for the new academic year, work on the new Library, Careers & Student Services building has been constant and the building is going up fast!
Celebrating 110 years in business this year, The John Turner Construction Group was initially formed in 1907 as a building and civil engineering contractor and has grown to be one of the North West regions most respected construction companies. They have worked with Edge Hill on a number of past projects including the Tech Hub, Creative Edge, Business School, Student Hub, 12 phases of student residential accommodation and the Sports Centre.
The primary steel work for the new building is progressing well and construction can be seen across campus! The steel work is approximately 18 metres high and should be complete by mid-October. Following the completion of the steelwork the concrete floors will go down; and keep any eye out for the roof going on shortly, construction for that is due to start in September!
Below is a collection of photos gathered over the last 4-5 weeks showing the progression of the steel structure. You can also watch a time-lapse video of the build from early July to the end of August.
Thanks to Steve Macavoy and Mike Stores for some great photos and Dan Hall for the time-lapse video.
We are very fortunate to have some fantastic technology here on campus including the CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) housed in our Tech Hub!
By using what I can only describe as magic (or really clever technology that I have no understanding of) colleagues have created a 3D model of the new Library, Careers and Student Services building which you can interact with in the CAVE.
You can move around the outside of the building, looking at the exterior walls, cladding and roof lights; then fly through the main entrance to the ground floor, up the stairs to the first and second floor housing some of the 250,000 library books, and up to the third floor for silent study and the outdoor terrace with views over campus.
Now some imagination is required, even magic has its limitations! The design of furniture and interior are very basic, giving a clear indication of how space will be used but not how the furniture will look or what colour the walls will be.
Colleagues from Careers, Learning Services and Student Services have been taking advantage of this opportunity and visited the CAVE last week. They were even kind enough to let me take photos of them in their lovely 3D glasses!
A huge thank you to Peter Vangorp for letting us utilise the CAVE and for his excellent driving skills navigating the 3D model.
We can now show you the proposed external lighting for the new area. As well as your standard street lamps along the pathways there will also be down lighting from the new building, foot lights around the grass area and wall lights in the accommodation block.
Here are a few images for you to have a look at…
So if you find yourself needing to study well in to the twilight hours then you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding your way to the library in the middle of the night.
Learning Services Project Officer – New Library & Student Services Centre
We are excited to be able to share some drawings of the building – both inside and outside. These give you more detail around how the building might look from the outside – you can see both a view from the HUB, and one from Creative Edge. The colours aren’t literal but this is giving you a much closer look at the plans so far.
On the inside you can see how the plans are taking shape and most certainly we can get a feel for space – check out the roof lights bringing natural light to the second floor!
Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Communication and Marketing
The new accommodation is the first phase of the development and as you can see the foundations are already on their way! Here are a couple of pictures which have been taken just a few days ago from the roof of the Creative Edge building. The running track has almost disappeared and earth works for the new accommodation have replaced the sports field!
The building of the new library and student services centre will begin in June. We don’t have the final designs to share yet but as soon as we do, you will be able to find out all about the project and the progress via this blog.