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A facelift for St Andrews University

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A project set to redevelop St Andrews University Student Association Building is well underway and is set to complete in November 2015.

Works began in June 2013 on the Fife based project with the total estimated value for the works programme close to £9.5 million. Works on site are progressing well and Phase Two is operational at the moment. The onsite team has faced numerous challenges especially as students have been present throughout the project.

The scheme is being undertaken in a bid to enlarge and enhance the retail outlets at the front of the building. The existing main venue will be split into a multipurpose performance space and an entertainment venue. A bar lobby area and a new external square will also be installed as an extension to the current streetscape.

The building will have three differently styled and themed areas on its ground floor including an acoustic venue. The first floor will comprise modern administrative areas and a range of adaptable and flexible society spaces, as will the second floor alongside an impressive new function suite.

The onsite team, which comprises Morrison Construction, Adams Consulting Group Ltd and BDG Architecture & Design, will relocate the existing plant room and associated incoming services rooms in the space that currently contains the kitchen accommodation. All of the M & E services will also be replaced in a bid to make the building more adaptable and sustainable.

Phase One of the project is now complete and involved works being undertaken in four main areas; the plantroom, a new café, a new BESS Retail Unit, an independent retail unit and new toilet facilities were constructed. The programme for these works commenced in June last year and completed in March 2014.

Phase Two, which is currently underway, involves the main lounge refurbishment, the formation of the acoustic venue and lounge. The lounge will include a kitchen and associated cellar and storage areas. The new main entrance will be formed along the eastern side of the space taking students to the centre of the building to a new reception area. A lift is being constructed in the centre of this space as well. This phase is on track to complete by the end of May 2014.

Phase Three will complete by the end of December 2014 and will include works being undertaken to the first and second floors. The new function suite will be constructed along with the society spaces containing workshops, society rooms and two large rehearsal areas. A Committee Board Room is another aspect of the third phase as is a Society Room. A larger radio broadcast suite with associated control room and a dedicated TV edit suite will also be part of the new student building.

The first floor will also accommodate admin space for the General Manager, Administrative Staff and Building Supervisor, Sabbatical Offices and a dedicated Cash Office. Phase Four works will mainly consist of refurbishing the existing spaces and resituating the plant room.

The construction works have been carefully programmed in a bid to minimise disruption to the day-to-day operations of the facility.

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