University of Southampton – B1 & B16

LST was appointed to remodel and refurbish two buildings (B1 and B16) at the University of Southampton. The work included structural alterations, the installation of air handling units, high-voltage electrical installations and repairs to the basement in Building 1.

A significant amount of specialist equipment was also installed, including a high-specification video wall that formed part of a multi-million-pound IT installation, a glass entrance wall, modular panel ceiling, and glazed screens that switch from frosted to clear when power is applied. In addition, LST was required to co-ordinate and install a large, heavy polished concrete worktop.

Timing was critical for this project. It was imperative that the strip out of all areas was completed on schedule to accommodate the installation of furniture, fixtures and fittings, including bespoke joinery, which was carried out by other parties. To ensure there were no delays to the programme, LST worked out of hours.

Our site manager also closely co-ordinated all services to ensure the building elements were fitted in the correct sequence to meet the programme.

As the buildings were located on a live site, a number of measures were put in place to minimise disruption. Barriers and warning signage were implemented, and a clear boundary defined for site operatives. To suppress dust, tools were fitted with a special collector or vacuum and to minimise noise, deflective or sound absorbing barriers were used when possible.

Daily meetings were also held with the University’s representatives to update them on progress and to ensure staff and students would not be affected by the works.

The project was completed on time within six months.

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