July 2018

Tuesday, 31/07/2018
Ben Jones

Construction of our £40.5m Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus began on 2 July 2018. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government (£20m), BBSRC – part of UK Research and Innovation (£12m) and Aberystwyth University (£8.5m).

You may well have seen some activity on the Gogerddan Campus and we thought it would be a good idea to publish a regular progress bulletin to let you know a little bit about what’s been happening each month and to update you on the Campus itself as it develops.

This first bulletin reflects the start of construction activity. At the end of the bulletin, you’ll find our new floor plan flyer, which will give you an idea of how the new Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus will look.

The first week consisted primarily of:

  • Setting the site up – temporary cabins were delivered (pictured) and perimeter fencing was erected around the agreed site area. 
  • Groundworks to establish the site and to mark out service diversions.
  • Beginning the demolition of the Silage Clamp and Pyrolysis Unit.

During the second week:

  • The concrete that was dug up during the groundworks was broken up in preparation for the crusher plant to arrive.
  • Trench work continued to expose existing services. This presented challenges as it became apparent that services (power, water, data, etc.) would need to be isolated at some point in the future (and possibly rerouted) to progress the site cut-and-fill operations. 

The third week saw a lot of dust on site as the aforementioned concrete was crushed (pictured). This ‘site-won’ material will be re-used on the site, for example to build tracks and paths, to limit the amount of material that needs to be transported off site, benefitting the environment.

In addition to this, the lease of the Lord Milford Building was concluded for Willmott Dixon, and occupation took place on 23 July. The temporary site cabins will stay on site while they make minor alterations to building.

During week four, Willmott Dixon were able to really get to grips with all the service diversions needed and to organise replacement cables etc. Water diversion works were completed and the cut-and-fill operation advanced significantly.  Topsoil and sub-soil from this operation is being stockpiled for re-use.

A meeting also took place with Ceredigion County Council regarding a shared used pathway between the proposed Bow Street train station and the Gogerddan Campus. Ceredigion County Council will need access to some of the site area in order to construct the path.

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