Clarkebond win contract to enhance student experience at Marjon

Students at the historic Marjon University near Plymouth are set to benefit from a £3m construction project that will redevelop and extend part of the original 1970s concrete frame building to improve student facilities.  

Clarkebond is providing a range of engineering consultancy services on the project including structural engineering, flood risk assessment and a drainage strategy that considers the location of the university in a Critical Drainage Area.

Originally founded in the 1840s as a teaching college, the university moved to its current premises in the 1970s.  Since that time, there have been major investments in the campus including sport, teaching, dining and library facilities, and new and upgraded residential accommodation.  This latest project will see the creation of a new side entrance on the west elevation and the addition of a new student bar and café over which will sit a steel pyramid structure.  Further internal refurbishment will also be carried out.

Clarkebond’s structural engineers will face a number of challenges associated with the integration of new construction materials and methods into existing older building.  Load bearing walls will be taken out to provide larger and more flexible open plan area for student facing services.  Some of the roof will be removed and the remaining part will be propped whilst the new pyramid roof structure is built to extend the roof beyond the existing.  

‘We have extensive experience in integrating old buildings with new. There are always challenges with this kind of refurbishment, but our skill lies in finding commercial solutions to these challenges!’ comments Clarkebond’s Project Engineer Adam Nevisky.

Architects:  LHC
Contractors:  Midas
M+E Consultants:  Method
PM/QS: Currie and Brown