Student halls to get a £2.3m refurbishment

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A STUDENT halls of residence is to get a multi-million pound refurbishment during the next two years.

The University of Portsmouth has chosen city-based Mountjoy to do the work on the Harry Law Hall, off Alec Rose Lane and close to Guildhall Square.

The three-stage work will cost the university around £2.3m and is due to be completed by August 2015.

The contract has come hot on the heels of Mountjoy completing the £340,000 refurbishment of the University of Portsmouth’s Innovation Space, previously known as Halpern House, in Hampshire Terrace.

Dave Redman, Mountjoy’s managing director, said: ‘The contract award is a huge endorsement of previous work completed at the University of Portsmouth.

‘Over the next three years, we will be refurbishing the existing rooms at Harry Law Hall to refresh the look and feel of the building and meet the expectations of today’s students.’

The halls of residence is a five-storey block with a car park on its ground floor level.

It is firmly in the middle of what is now known as the University Quarter – the Winston Churchill Avenue, Anglesea Road and Museum Road areas of Portsmouth and Southsea.

Contractors at Mountjoy completed the first phase of work in time for the students beginning their university courses this autumn.

It focused on the fourth floor where 27 en suite rooms have been refurbished and three kitchens replaced.

Subsequently 59 en suite rooms and 13 kitchens were replaced on the third floor.

The second phase of the £2.3m revamp is scheduled to start next summer, and will include the refurbishment of the second floor and part of the first floor.

Mountjoy, which is a building and maintenance services firm, plans to complete the renovation of the ground floor and the remainder of the first floor during summer 2015, ready for the students to return in the October.

Mountjoy has completed five projects for the University of Portsmouth in the last 15 months.

Its work on Halpern House is now helping to bring academic minds and local businesses together to develop.

Its development is a partnership between the university and the founders of Innovation Warehouse in London, who were looking to expand.