Tuesday, February 14, 2012

We have interim occupancy!

We reached a significant milestone today with the granting of an Interim Building Completion Certificate. This allows us to welcome back residents. The RAs have moved in this evening, although most won't get into the RA flats until tomorrow after a final clean and set up. They will be 'camping' in 3D tonight. The rooms and common rooms are virtually all complete with only a final clean, minor touch-ups and some furnishing and bed making to be completed. Residents will be welcomed back progressively over the next five days. Tomorrow we will welcome back members of the NCSA executive and the O'Week team. On Friday and Saturday most of the returning residents will move in and on Sunday all the Freshers will arrive and O'Week begins!

Fenced zone on level 1 for access
Of course, there is still work to be done on the courtyard, atrium roof, games room, bridge, shared kitchen and new apartments on the ground floor for visiting scholars. This sounds a lot but once the roof is completed progress should be fast. The work will take another 2-3 weeks. This will mean that there will be only limited perimeter access to the courtyard until it is finished. We hope that by the end of this week that the courtyard roof will be fully glazed (the glass panels will start to go in tomorrow). This will speed up the completion of the courtyard floor.  Residents will need to be prepared for the fact that there will be several construction zones in the building which will be restricted and fenced areas. There will also be 20-30 workers in and around the building each day (mainly in the courtyard and on the roof). This will only be for a limited amount of time.

The rooms and common rooms look fantastic, as you can see from the images below. It really is a 'new' New! The RAs have given them the tick of approval.

Each floor has a different colour in common room (purple, blue and green)

Fridges to go in tomorrow

Hallways are bright and fresh
The new bed covers look good

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