Aston University has undergone a £1.7 million refurbishment of its laboratory facilities, part of an extensive campus redevelopment strategy.
The refurbishment included a full mechanical and electrical strip-out and refit, demolition and change to layout in stock rooms, offices, engineering workshops and civils labs.
Work was also completed on the refurbishment of a lit internal roadway, which was extended last year to make heavy deliveries easier and more efficient, including new acoustic panels and lighting.
Most of the refurbishment focussed on Aston University’s concrete research labs, engineering workshop, new model shop, and refurbishment of the civils lab to facilitate new courses and ongoing research. The refurbished spaces will enable the university to continue to deliver the highest quality teaching to all its students.
Seddon led the project and throughout the scheme the buildings remained fully operational so that academic activities could continue to progress.
The Seddon team liaised closely with key stakeholders at Aston University, prioritising the continued functionality of the buildings while construction was ongoing.
John Shannon, divisional director at Seddon, said: “These vital refurbishments enhance the existing spaces for Aston University students and academics, making their learning and research space more accessible, and better equipped for their needs.
“This particular partnership was the result of our strong experience in higher education refurbishments in the Midlands. The finished product is one which will no doubt be enjoyed for years to come.”
Professor Sarah Hainsworth OBE FREng, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, at Aston University, said: “At Aston University, we deliver hands-on practical teaching and research that benefits business and industry.
“Working with Seddon on this project is part of the continued development of our engineering and physical sciences facilities to offer high quality, modern research amenities for staff, and the best possible learning experience for our students.”
The Aston University project followed a similar framework to Seddon’s previous works to neighbouring Birmingham University.