Nottingham student hub underway

Stepnell starts work on student hub for University of Nottingham

Work is underway on the first phase of a major project to create a new hub for student life at The University of Nottingham. 

Stepnell is undertaking the remodelling and refurbishment of part of the ground floor of the University’s Portland Building, delivering a £687,000 scheme which will transform the union’s current nightclub and bar area known as ‘The Den’ into a new activity space. 

Computer-generated artist’s impressions showing the new hub for student life being created at The University of Nottingham’s Portland Building. Images courtesy of CPMG Architects.

Designed by CPMG Architects, the plans have been developed by the students’ union and the university and are based on extensive research and feedback from the student community. The new activity space is designed for socialising, performing and meeting and includes a new performance space with a stage, sound and light system, a retractable seating area and improved and relocated cloakrooms. 

Stepnell will strip out existing fixtures and fittings, comprehensively remodel the existing layout, replace and upgrade the mechanical and electrical services installations and carry out a full refurbishment and redecoration of the interior. Externally, Stepnell’s construction team will install new windows making the space lighter inside and create a new external terrace. 

Construction work on the activity space is set for completion in September 2015, ready for it to open this autumn. 

Stepnell operations and commercial manager, Thomas Sewell, says: “It’s great to be drawing on our extensive experience of delivering high-quality refurbishment and construction projects for the further education sector to create this vibrant new centre for student life. As a company with a local base in the city, we’re particularly excited to be working on our first project with The University of Nottingham.” 

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