The last six years has seen major capital investment at St Mary's, including new residential accommodation and classroom refurbishments, as well as the i-learn Café and Learning Resources Centre upgrades. Additionally, the Dol.che Vita coffee bar opened in 2006 and the £4million refectory and conference centre was completed in 2008.
Going forward, a further £4million over the next four years is to be invested in a range of planned maintenance and refurbishment projects across the campus.
In October 2011, our £8.5 million sports facility project was completed, creating a single centre by linking the new facility to the existing games hall and original 1960s sports block, which was refurbished at the same time.
In addition to giving a huge boost to sport at the University College it also facilitates the work of academic courses in sport, health and physical education, as well as enabling St Mary’s to do even more for the external community though a number of partnerships.
The N Block Lecture Theatre opened in Spring 2010 and has a seating capacity of up to 110. It is the final phase of the Refectory project, which sees the former kitchen and stores being converted for teaching and office purposes.
The N Block conversion also features fifteen desk spaces in three open plan offices around the lecture theatre. The teaching space comprises a combination of fixed and retractable lecture hall seating enabling flexibility of use.
Earlier in the year a new lecture theatre was opened in N block following the conversion from the old kitchens. As part of this project new office space was created that has now undergone further modification to provide a much needed central location for the Registry Department.
The new suite provides office space as well as dedicated reception areas and separate interview room. The building has also benefitted from the introduction of energy reduction to heating and improved thermal insulation. Lighting has also been fitted with movement sensors to reduce waste and treated glazing used to reduce heat loss.
Externally the Suite has a disabled access ramp and new canopy to offer protection during poor weather as well as landscaping to the newly created courtyard. Modifications to the Lecture theatre entrance and exits are also scheduled to take place.
A New Roof
L Block was constructed in the 1950s and has over recent years, suffered from increasing problems with water ingress to the labs and office space as a result of leaks from the damaged and decaying flat roof. As part of the attention to 'backlog maintenance' a design was tendered to replace the roof with a new 'Permanite' two ply system, offering improved thermal insulation and UV protection.
In September 2010 works were completed that saw the removal of the old roof glasshouse bases and redundant equipment. A survey has since been carried out to look at the application of solar film to windows that will contribute to thermal efficiency in both winter and summer. Further investigation is also under way and consideration being given to boiler de-centralisation and replacement with localised energy efficient systems.
Various improvements have been under way across the campus that have seen many of the older halogen lamps removed and replaced with low energy and more efficient lighting systems. Where new pathways have been created the lighting has now been extended to these areas.
As part on ongoing works it in anticipated that internal corridor and room lighting shall be improved to incorporate moment detectors and low energy lighting units as part of the University College's commitment to Carbon reduction.
As part of the roads and paths improvements programme, a project was undertaken in 2010 to create a pedestrian area in which students could meet or that could be used for smaller open air events.
The area includes a new compliant disabled ramp, additional ramp to assist with SU deliveries, raised planting areas, enhanced lighting and seating for students and a widened pathway giving dedicated pedestrian access to the SU re-decorations to adjacent areas.
The Strawberry Hill Trust completed restoration works in late 2010 to restore Strawberry Hill House to its original design, and final landscaping work will continue into early 2013. The House is now fully open for tours.
The adjacent Waldegrave Suite also underwent redecoration, and we are currently renovating the stonework to the Waldegrave wing.
We are currently completing renovations to the chapel window surrounds and decorative water outlets.
Floodlighting at Teddington Lock
Just over five years ago, in partnership and with significant funding from the Local Authority, the Teddington Lock all-weather pitch was replaced as part of a project that was to include the installation of floodlighting. Following submission to the internal University College investment fund, Sport St Mary's was granted funds to progress this element of the project to completion. Following consultation and various meetings with designers and the Local Authority, full planning application was approved.
Teddington Lock General Improvements
The pavilion building has been re-roofed and decorated and a localized heating system has been installed .
Following the roof renewal we are now completing the second phase of repairs and decorations to these facilities.