Friday 17 July 2015
Sneak preview: the pod
Southampton Solent University’s Board of Governors and Senior Management Team visited the new Spark building on Wednesday 15 July 2015.
The visitors had the rare opportunity to see the new pod under construction up close when they accessed the temporary platform used to add the pod’s pre-fabricated enveloped panels to its frame.
The facade works are proceeding at good pace with the installation of extensive scaffolding alongside the pod envelope installation.
Coordinating the pod’s steel frame design and pre-fabricated envelope panels system had its challenges due to the physical working space required but these challenges are being overcome and the results so far are very statisfying, progressively transforming the atrium space.
Other construction in the building is advancing with closing off and completing walls from levels 02 through to 05, in readiness for the commencement of the raised access flooring.
At roof level, the aluminium standing seam and roof light build up is now complete, with photovoltaic panels and atrium side cladding being fitted, and roof level louvres being installed in the coming weeks.