University of Gloucestershire Media Centre, Cheltenham

  • University of Gloucestershire Media Centre

    University of Gloucestershire Media Centre

  • University of Gloucestershire Media Centre

    University of Gloucestershire Media Centre

  • University of Gloucestershire Media Centre

    University of Gloucestershire Media Centre

  • University of Gloucestershire Media Centre

    University of Gloucestershire Media Centre

The creation of a new stand alone metsec framed media centre within an existing hall.

Project

A project within the heart of the Park campus to provide a state of the art media centre for pupils to record and preview films. A met sec framed construction was used within the existing hall to form the shell. High acoustic properties due to the nature of its use as a studio and the need to remove background noise were required.

This was a challenging project for us due to the fluidity of the design, restrictions such as the occupied building and noise limitations.   Out of hours working was used to avoid potential disruption and allow the customer possession on time.

Challenges

  • Access and maneuverability of steels due to their weight and size
  • Varying tolerances of existing floor
  • Acoustic requirements of shell

Solutions

Each beam inside the met sec structure weighs 1/4 tonne and is 12m long so a specialist forklift and driver was hired to install them.

The discovery of a bowed floor and its impact on the frame meant old timber was taken up and replaced with a new timber floor, this added to the contracted works.

All background noise had to be eliminated, so it would not be recorded on the students films, silencers were fitted to all the fans, vents and other mechanical items.

“Beard continue to be a valued contractor to The University of Gloucestershire. They have completed 3 recent projects for us and we have found them to be a capable and approachable team. They are easy to work with as they communicate well through our agreed reporting arrangements.  They have been proactive at finding solutions to problems as they inevitably crop up.  They offer value for money and I would not hesitate to recommend them.”

Dr Nigel Wichall

Director of Estates, MBA, DBA, FCIOB

University of Gloucestershire

Customer

University of Gloucestershire

Contract value

£480,000

Architect

Building Design Partnership

Quantity Surveyor

Robinson Low Francis

Contract duration

12 weeks

Form of contract

JCT Design and Build

Procurement Method

Two Stage

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