The redevelopment of Arts University Bournemouth’s main campus is key to its future aspirations to build and grow their international reputation as a leading arts university and to allow for the continuing modernisation of its campus.
In December 2016, Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) received an outline approval for the development of Plot Q, the land to the south of their existing campus. The outline approval allows for an extension of the campus to provide student residential accommodation with 297 bedrooms, additional car parking and structural landscaping. AUB achieved planning approval for the scheme in November 2017. The design team have finalised the RIBA Stage 3 design and are currently developing the RIBA Stage 4 design in line with the university’s
programme, with construction schedule to commence in September 2018.
Perfect Circle was appointed under the Scape BECS framework to provide design consultancy services, leading a multidisciplinary team on the transformation of the site.
The proposed 9,000 square metre project will provide 269 cluster flats sharing a communal kitchen area; 23
apartments with their own kitchen facilities and five as accessible studios. The extension strategy will also provide new academic buildings, student residential accommodation, arrivals pavilion and structural landscaping. The scheme will also deliver a series of communal study and social spaces and external courtyards and gardens, together with strategic landscape planting around the perimeter of the campus.
During the construction phase the University will be a live site which must be retained. However, this will provide the students at AUB with the opportunity to visit the site to increase their construction knowledge.
This project represents AUB’s first experience with Perfect Circle. After signing up to the framework, Perfect Circle has given the university access to a simple and speedy procurement route, complete with the breadth of expertise provided by its supply chain, to deliver what will be a BREEAM Very Good project. This scheme includes a number of energy saving district heating networks have been specified, allowing for the removal of a plant room and the addition of a bedroom. An integrated building management system measures the water, gas and electric usage throughout the blocks.
The project is designed to facilitate potential future adaptions. A new sub-station is installed with the required redundancy to facilitate anticipated future adaptations.
Gas and water are being fed from the existing utilities supplies which have enough capacity on the existing networks. The steel frame structure allows for future adaptability, should the use of the blocks be changed from student accommodation to another use such as teaching spaces or offices.
Engaging with the contractor and undertaking a cost saving exercise has saved circa £400,000 from the contract sum and reduce the contract programme by seven weeks. This is currently being reviewed by the university.
There is also a Considerate Contractor Scheme being utilised on this scheme which encourages local labour and apprenticeship schemes.