Accommodation delays continue

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There are to be further delays in the completion of part of The Quads, the new accommodation at the University of Bath. The latest developments – or rather the lack thereof – in the construction work have resulted in twenty-nine of the rooms in blocks A & C being incomplete in time for arrivals weekend, leaving some Freshers left to stay in temporary shared accommodation.

Front Page - The QuadsThe five blocks of The Quads were originally set to be handed over last Spring. Yet continuous delays throughout the last year have led to the new halls of residence’s completion date being pushed closer and closer to the start of the new academic year. To top things off, the university notified the affected students just over a week before they were set to move in.

According to the University, supply chain issues in an ‘unstable market’ and ‘a very wet and windy winter’ are some of the reasons behind the delays. Whether or not this is the case, it does not excuse the lack of notice that the affected students were given.

However, the University has still been able to secure these new students with a campus experience for Freshers’ Week, albeit in a slightly different living arrangement than expected.The temporary accommodation being provided consists of shared bedroom and bathroom facilities in Woodland Court, compared to the en-suite bedrooms that the students had signed up for. Students are set to be paired with others on their course, from their faculty, and/or from their future kitchen group in the Quads.

In terms of compensation, no cash will be given except in the form of additional catering credit, an old favourite of the University, despite students living in the Quads already contributing £25 a week to a compulsory Eat and Drink student card.

These delays also mean that those students living in the blocks in The Quads, as well as other halls of residence, will be affected by further building work, including hard and soft landscaping.

“As the priority has been to ensure student bedrooms and communal spaces are completed ready for induction week, there will also be some ongoing external landscaping work in the first couple of weeks,” the University has said.

The students affected by this situation will hopefully be able to move into the accommodation they were promised within just a couple of weeks of arrivals weekend. As for the new buildings that are ready and raring to go, students are now able to go to the Lime Tree refectory, which includes a new bar and café. This student area can seat up to 350 people. So whether you are a Fresher or a returning student, there will something new to discover on campus.

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Ramiye Thavabalasingam is a former News & Comment Editor at bathimpact (2014/15). She writes about a number of University of Bath issues, as well as local Bath politics.

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