Space management

What do we do?

The University of Plymouth estate consists of over 180,000m2 of space spread over 130 individual buildings and premises in multiple locations across Plymouth, Devon and into Cornwall. The Space Management team within Estates and Facilities are responsible for all aspects of space management including:

  •  Developing strategy and policy
  •  Spatial analysis and planning
  •  Site and Building surveys
  •  Data collection, analysis and reporting
  •  Management of Building Drawings and CAD plans
  •  Optimising use of space and resources
  •  Space allocation and change of use requests
  •  Co-ordinating moves and relocations
  •  Space layout and design
  •  Furniture solutions
  •  CAD planning resources
  •  Refurbishment planning of existing spaces
  •  Design and use of new developments and capital projects

In consultation with Faculties and Professional Services, the Space Management team ensure all space project proposals are aligned with the University’s policies and Estates' campus master plan.

Improving social learning spaces for students

The concept of the collaborative spaces is to identify poorly utilised areas and forgotten spaces, such as corners of circulation routes and unused alcoves, and introduce modern furniture solutions. We also provide power, data and, where necessary, upgraded lighting to create small enjoyable study areas. We have currently identified seventeen spaces ranging from small 2-3 seater areas through to spaces that could accommodate up to 20 people in groups of 4-6 scattered throughout.

The first phase completed and available for use by May 2018, will see the upgrading of the link first-floor corridor and alcoves. These retain some of the existing furniture and also provide a more flexible option with movable chairs and small tables. Portland Square B block Mezzanine has a mixture of high back sofas and armchairs, centred around oak finished tables to create relaxed group working spaces. Phase two has identified ten spaces across two buildings, Rolle and Sherwell, which we are currently working up designs for. The intention will be to complete as much as we can before the start of the next academic year.

Link Floor 3 – New Psychology Academic Lab Facility

EL Lab is a flexible teaching laboratory for the School of Psychology to support a redesigned undergraduate programme for 900 students, as well as 40 students in postgraduate teaching programmes. Experiential learning has been embedded as the core of the newly approved undergraduate programme in psychology, with practical activities, experiments and group experience built into every module. This teaching laboratory provides the flexible and easily configurable facility required to support this wide range of new learning activity.

Eight collaborative media tables enable group work around a shared screen, providing collective access to online learning resources and guidance specific to the selected activity as well as a record of student's actions and findings. These will be used in concert with a wide range of laboratory equipment, held in lockers, that can be retrieved and used as guided by specific activities. Contextual support for therapy or social experiments is also provided by a soft seating area which, augmented by large screen AV equipment, will also be used by students to practice presentations or host seminars. IT provision allows students to bring their own devices or to book out one of a fleet of laptops available to the laboratory.

This laboratory is open access, allowing up to 86 students to drop-in and use the facilities at a time of their own choosing. Support and guidance in the laboratory, equipment, and activities would be provided by a rota of Teaching and Research Assistants (TARAs) from the School of Psychology. The key objective of this facility is to provide support for the experiential learning designed to enrich the student experience. This also enables deeper and more enjoyable learning with a greater emphasis on skills and practical experience. Importantly, it will also provide a social hub and greater sense of community for psychology students, giving them a home within the campus where they can meet their friends and coursemates at any time of the day.