Enabling works to start for new Treforest building

COMET-South view

Colleagues and students at USW’s Treforest Campus will see increased activity around the site of the proposed new teaching building in the next couple of weeks.

The building will provide teaching, research, and support space for the Built Environment, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace, Informatics and Electronics, and Computer and Data Science. One of the key principles of the building will be to promote interdisciplinary working by making the activities that are taking place visible and accessible.

Ground and demolition work for the COMET project will get underway from Monday 13 May and run through to the end of July. This will involve site clearance and the diversion of services running through the site, such as gas, water, power, fibre, and drainage etc. to prepare the ground ready for the start of the build.

E Block will also be demolished to make way for the new building and diverted services. The initial part of this work will involve disconnection of all services feeding the building and stripping out internal items. Demolition of the structure of the building will take place later in May and early June, taking into consideration the main exam period which runs until the middle of May.

The hoarding line around the perimeter of the COMET site will also be set out and will extend slightly beyond the existing hoarding currently in situ. This will remain in place for the duration of the build.

The access road that ran behind the build site between the Chiropractic Building and B Block will be closed to traffic, however pedestrian access into the rear entrances of B Block will remain operational. Central Avenue will be operating with just one lane at certain points during the service diversion works and the construction programme, however traffic management measures will be in place to manage the flow of traffic at these times.

The enabling works are being delivered by BAM Construction, who USW have appointed to deliver the overall project with the enabling works expected to conclude in July 2024.

Planning permission for the building is currently being considered by the local council – it is hoped that construction will get underway in the summer of 2024 and will take approximately two years to complete.

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