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Wednesday 3 June 2015

Spark building continues to make progress

Works in The Spark, the new academic teaching building at Southampton Solent University, are gathering significant pace with the installation of the external wall pre-cast panels.

The atrium steel beams are now in place, ready to support the glass ceiling, and a full structure of six floors has been built next to the Sir John Everett Millais (JM) building. Pipe and ductwork installation is well underway across the lower floors and steadily rising.

Atrium steel beams

The platform is also in place, held in its position by the three legs which went up in March, and ready to receive the pod which will arrive in separate pieces and be assembled together in July 2015.

The pod’s platform

Meanwhile, in The Netherlands, the pod is showing its true size.

The pod

Once re-assembled on-site in July 2015, the pod’s interior will be set up ready for a new life as an elevated lecture theatre, exciting new meeting space, and viewing platform.

Inside the pod

The pod

Students from the Maritime and Technology Faculty (MarTec) have continued to benefit from the opportunity of having a working building site on their doorstep, with site visits and lectures delivered by contractor Interserve’s project managers.

The Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI) and in particular, film studies students have been given access to the site to practice their filming skills on-site, while photography students have been snapping their cameras to catch the developments on-site.

Further interaction with local schools and colleges has taken place such as a visit to Southampton’s Redbridge Community School, which included a lecture about the construction of the new building and an exciting site visit for the schoolchildren.