Campus update

by Bill Barr, deputy principal and director of campus services

Allocation of SRIF funding will enable the University to embark on a programme of building and refurbishment which is unprecedented in the last 20 years.

The summer will see preparations for the centre for interdisciplinary research. The old tenement blocks at Mount Pleasant will be demolished along with DUSA's small building across from the squash courts. Planning permission for the CIR will only be accepted once a sustainable car parking plan is in place. Long term solutions are currently being considered but an interim plan for car parking could soon be started at land beside the railway with walkways to campus coming up between Caird House and VIS connecting the two sites.

A new department of applied computing incorporating the Queen Mother Research Centre is also at the planning stage.

In September building work will begin on the concrete technology unit/ geotechnical centre which will be built between the civil engineering block and the Fulton building.

The link between the old medical school and the Carnelly buildings that is currently under construction will be finished in April 03.

Further work to upgrade halls of residence to comply with the housing and multiple occupancy legislation continues this summer in Belmont, Peterson, Wimberley and West Park. Lifts will be installed in the Belmont tower allowing disabled access and H block will have its refurbishment completed with the installation of ensuite shower rooms.

The sculpture department is relocating its studios from Heathfield to the Matthew building where four new studio spaces, office accommodation and a seminar room will be created in the area that previously housed management and consumer studies. This will finally see sculpture on a single site.

In August, refurbishment work will take place on the top two floors of the Frankland building vacated by social work to accommodate personnel from the dental school.

Ninewells will see major works this summer with continuing refurbishment to the clinical and surgical skills units, the new build for the institute of child health TICH gathering pace and the health informatics centre taking shape.

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