Portsmouth invests £9 million in facilities

The Portland Building at the University of Portsmouth is undergoing a major refurbishment to improve the student experience

The Portland Building was built in 1996 and housed more than 60 staff working in the Portsmouth School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, the Faculty of Technology offices, and the Information Services department.

Midas Construction is renovating the four storey building, some 6,200 square metre, and will be refitting the plant room, carrying out a full mechanical and electrical upgrade, and providing extensive refurbishment works to the internal and external fabric of the building.

The inner layout will be reorganised, with much of the space previously occupied by the School of Architecture becoming part of the Business School.

The work is being carried out by the Southern Division of Midas, one of the UK’s largest independent construction companies. The refurbished building will be completed by mid-August 2014, ready for lectures to start in September.

Midas has delivered a number of projects for the University of Portsmouth recently, including a £1.3m scheme to upgrade teaching spaces in the summer of 2013, and a £2.2m refurbishment of St Andrew’s Court Graduate School in the centre of Portsmouth.

Peter Hay, deputy director of estates for the University of Portsmouth, said: “The extensive refurbishment of the Portland Building is another exciting step forward for the campus estate. The investments that are being made throughout the site will keep the university at the forefront of higher education in the UK.

“Although this was a competitive tender, we welcome Midas back to the university having developed a good working relationship with them on previous projects.” 

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