University building gets £9m refit and upgrade

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THE University of Portsmouth’s Portland Building is undergoing a £9m refurbishment as part of a strategy to improve the student experience.

The Portland Street facility was built in 1996 and housed more than 60 staff working in the Portsmouth School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, the Faculty of Technology offices, and the Information Services department.

Midas Construction is renovating the four-storey building, some 6,200 sq m, and will be refitting the plant room, carrying out a full mechanical and electrical upgrade, and providing refurbishment works to the internal and external fabric of the building.

The inner layout will be reorganised, with much of the space previously occupied becoming part of the business school.

Peter Hay, deputy director of estates for the University of Portsmouth, said: ‘The extensive refurbishment of the Portland Building is another exciting step forward for the campus estate. The investments that are being made throughout the site will keep the university at the forefront of higher education in the UK.’