It has been reported that an integral new build situated on the Nottingham Trent University campus has dramatically collapsed during the construction process. As part of an extensive campus overhaul plan, the building was set to be utilised to welcome visitors, host events and aid the universities research and teaching efforts. The build is set to be completely demolished in light of this event.
The timber-framed structure had been built for the Brackenhurst School of Animal, Rural & Environmental and started to take shape in March of last year. It’s rumoured that the works were nearing completion before the structural failure. Once completed, these premises would have been a welcome new addition for current students as well as the new wave of pupils arriving in the coming September of this year. It’s not currently known how this will affect the new influx of students or teaching at this time.
This specific building was set to be a two-storey gateway build before its untimely collapse on April 23rd, over a year into the construction project. Eyewitnesses have been quoted as saying that outside areas of the build were falling away, and that the first floor had collapsed within it. Images from the site show brick walls buckling outwards and debris around the structure, a far cry from the original plan for the finished construction.
It is said that rather than salvaging the current state of the building and fixing the structural damage, the contractors working on this project have opted to demolish the building entirely, with the vision to rebuild in the future after re-consulting with the original designers. An investigation will be taking place in the meantime to discover the main cause of the collapse and will no doubt this cause will be addressed before rebuilding begins.
The new modern structure was due to be part of an extensive 5-year plan to revamp the Nottingham Trent campus, with the now-collapsed building providing an inviting gateway to the premises for existing and prospective attendees. It must have undoubtedly come as a blow to the school and the University’s dean, Robert Mortimer, so close to the end of the Easter break.