Portland Building redevelopment — update

September 27th, 2017

Back in March we shared plans for the redevelopment of the Portland Building. Work on this redevelopment is now well underway, with a number of new facilities and services being introduced.

Here’s what’s new:

  • A new café — Portland Coffee Co — has opened on B Floor. This café is located at the end of the corridor on your left, as you enter the building from the steps at the front.
  • Blackwell’s bookshop has relocated to B Floor — again, this is located on your left as you enter from the front of the building.

Please note that the area opposite Blackwell’s on B Floor is still under construction. Once finished, this space will house Jobzone, Portland Clothing Co and Heads Up. Click here to view a map of the area.

The Welcome Zone — located in the area formerly occupied by Blackwell’s — is also still under construction.

The landscaping at the back of Portland Building is well underway and is due to be completed this semester. Here, we’re introducing a number of new features:

  • a terraced garden with a cascade water feature, linking the rear entrance of Portland to Cut-Through Lane and the bus stops
  • a large pool with fountains linked to the cascade
  • a large canopy by the bus stops, which will have dividing screens and a power supply so that we can create closed spaces for events
  • improved landscaping, including trees, paths, cycle racks and connections with other routes

For more information on changes around campus, visit the Estates current developments webpage.

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One Comment

October 4th, 2017 at 3:57 pm

David Valentine-Hagart

Sounds amazing. We will look on enviously from Lenton lane 🙂

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