University of Southampton Work Progressing Well

Osborne’s scheme to build five new four-storey halls of residence for the University of Southampton is progressing well.  The £24m project, which started in February 2015 will see the construction of 356 bedroom, 41 cluster kitchens and a student common area, known as Chamberlain Halls, which is scheduled for completion July 2016.

Led by Jim McCormick, the site team has taken a pro-active and conscientious approach to minimise the impact of the work on those living and working nearby.  From strong corporate branding and contact details to hosting ‘surgery’ sessions every Friday, the team has ensured that issues raised are addressed immediately.  Ongoing liaison with local authorities and organisations are taking place, and talks are given to local groups to ensure interested parties are kept well-informed of progress.  The workforce uses local shops and facilities as much as possible to support the local economy and build a sense of community.

As part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the site has been visited and audited twice, achieving scores of 42 and 45 out of 50 respectively.  The most recent audit described the site as “a talisman for best practice, and the efforts of the site management personnel and all those associated with the project are to be applauded.”

Chamberlain Halls is located on the site of former halls of residence and the site is close to existing residential and student properties.  Ongoing works include external and internal finishes, carpentry and decorating. Utility connections with main services are being planned and currently taking place, with great attention being paid to where traffic management is being installed on the local road network to ensure minimal disruption to local traffic.

Project Manager Jim McCormick said:  “This is a fantastic project for all involved; Chamberlain Halls will be a great addition to the University of Southampton and the local community has been incredibly supportive.  We have worked hard to deliver on time and to budget, while maintaining a high standard of safety and quality.  It has been very rewarding to see the project progress and to see everyone’s efforts recognised.”