Neptunus to build dual purpose temporary facility at Trinity College Oxford

Temporary building used as a library reading room and multi-functional room for two years

Neptunus has been commissioned to erect a dual purpose temporary structure at Trinity College in Oxford which will be in place for three years to create much needed space for students while a major building programme is undertaken.

Trinity, one of the constituent colleges of Oxford University, has appointed Neptunus to provide a temporary building which will be used as a library reading room and multi-functional room for two years. It will then be transformed into a kitchen, dining room and senior common room for the final year of the contract. The temporary building will also incorporate toilets, offices and auxiliary spaces.

Trinity require the temporary space during construction of the Levine Building which will transform the college with new academic facilities and residential accommodation. The Levine Building project includes an auditorium, purpose-built teaching rooms, a community space and a new function room, as well as enhanced wheelchair access to the existing college library, new study space, 46 study bedrooms and a central administrative hub.

April Trasler, Managing Director of Neptunus, says: “We are delighted to have been selected to provide temporary facilities for such a high-profile institution while their long-term building programme is carried out. Trinity College were particularly impressed by the flexibility our multi-functional temporary structure technology and our ability to build it quickly and on a confined footprint.”

A six-strong crew of Neptunus technicians will take just two weeks to erect the 500 square metre Flexolution II temporary building. A further five weeks will be required for the internal fit-out including Stud walls, suspended ceiling, flooring, plumbing, electrics, air-conditioning, heating and fire alarm systems. The facility is scheduled to be ready for use in May.

Trasler adds: “Trinity College is set in very historic and beautiful grounds in the centre of Oxford. The access to the site is limited because of ornate listed gates at the entrance so we have had to put special measures in places to deliver our materials. We will be using specialist plant and machinery during the build as we are unable to use our normal cranes and fork-lift trucks.”
Justin Folliard, College Surveyor, says: “Our temporary building needed to accommodate a number of different uses across the whole project scheme – what we liked most was the flexibility that Neptunus’s solution provided us with for the duration of the project.”

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