With over 7,500 students and 1,500 staff based at Moulsecoomb as well as our neighbours who live and work in the area, carrying out a major transformation on a busy working urban campus is no easy matter.
That is why, as well as looking at all possible ways to minimise disruption to their daily lives, we are putting a big emphasis on managing the wellbeing of everyone involved. This means looking at everything from vehicle movements and noise, to vibration and dust.
A detailed transport plan is being developed which will manage all of the additional heavy vehicle movements to and from the site. This will minimise traffic disruption and noise by having timed arrival/departure slots for all contractor vehicles.
Dust control and monitoring measures will be implemented on site to minimise dust levels, including mist sprays to dampen down surfaces and materials and screening to prevent dust from being blown around.
Noise levels will be monitored throughout the construction phase against British Standard levels. All heavy machinery will be fitted with silencers and will be turned off when not in use. As many construction elements as possible will be pre-fabricated to minimise the amount of work needed on site that might otherwise cause noise or other disruption.
Whilst the construction techniques being used on site are not expected to cause excessive vibration these levels will still be monitored to ensure that they do not exceed agreed levels.
We are looking at how teaching is timetabled across the campus to ensure that spaces most likely to be affected are used as little as possible, with most heavy work being carried out only between certain hours each day. Exams are likely to be moved to our other campuses during the peak construction periods to avoid any additional stress to students.
Staff working on the campus are being encouraged to take advantage of existing flexible working options so that they can work from home or other locations if they feel particularly affected.
Local residents are being kept informed by means of a quarterly newsletter delivered to their homes and are being invited to a series of drop-in sessions where they can ask questions and raise any questions about the development in addition to emailing us with any concerns at any time.
Taken together, these steps should hopefully all ensure that the campus and local area remain a great place to live, work and learn.