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Building and Estate Services

Department of Engineering

Formerly known as the Hydraulics Laboratory, this double height research space, located within the Inglis Building, had developed in an ad-hoc way over a number of years, resulting in less than optimal space utilization.

A project to remodel and rationalize the space, along with expansion into an adjacent office area, was approved. The aim of this newly titled Fluid Dynamics Laboratory was to provide greater flexibility for research and teaching, as well as a safe and secure environment for working with lasers.

An overall budget of £730k allowed £650k for Estate Management to deliver the main building works, and £80k for the Building Projects team to deliver the enabling and re-occupation packages. Practical completion was achieved in August 2016, within budget and on programme.

Remodelling of this laboratory was particularly challenging because it is entirely surrounded by a mix of internal spaces, and serves as the only practical means of access into the adjoining Hopkinson Laboratory and Structures area. A further challenge was the fact that the Department required the building works to be completed within a 10 week period during the summer vacation.  

As well as managing all enabling and re-occupation work, the Building Projects team was also instrumental in making sure that the principal contractor, sub-contractors and the consultant team remained focused on the end users critical success criteria throughout. Liaison with the users of adjoining areas, visitors and a number of external organisations who had hired some nearby rooms during this period, was also fundamental to the smooth running of the process. 

During the defects liability period, Building Projects continued to push for a timely resolution to defects arising under the main contract, alongside a small element of outstanding works. Since completion the team has also worked in support of other internal and external service providers to help deliver specialist solutions that support research activity, and ensure that the established practices of the University are maintained.