Founded in 1895, Aston University is a long established, research-led research University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce.
Aston University is a top 30 UK University. In the 2013 Sunday Times University Guide Aston was ranked 8th in the UK, and 1st in the Midlands, for graduate-level employment confirming its place amongst the elite.
Aston University is a long term client of Met Consultancy Group (Met) with forward looking development plans for its 40 acre green campus in the centre of Birmingham.
Work commenced in January 2008 to deliver The Aston Student Village project, a £215 million scheme aimed at rejuvenating the entire university estate and transforming standards of accommodation, learning and research centres, sports and leisure facilities.
At the heart of the Student Village project is an ambitious plan to provide 2400 brand new student residences built to the highest standard. The first 1400 new residences opened in 2010 and phase two will be complete by 2013, increasing student accommodation on the Aston campus by more than 40 per cent and enabling the University to meet projected future demand for accommodation.
The Student Village project also includes improved learning and research centres, new campus sports pitch, student common rooms and support services.
Since 2008, Met has and continues to work closely with University the design and project management team and the Estates Department to map and inform this extensive programme of change to the campus infrastructure, providing topographical, utility mapping and measured building surveys.
As often with extensive and inhabited locations mapping the location of underground utilities and the condition of surface elements such has manholes and inspection covers whilst ensuring the safety of campus users has proved particularly challenging.
To manage the data capture programme within deadlines, the site was divided into manageable survey areas and our survey teams worked in tandem to minimize disruption to normal university activities.