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Estates Project Manager

Mark John, BSc (Hons) MRICS

Engineering 2020 Programme Manager

Toby Giles

CEMPS Infrastructure & Project Officer

Laura Baxter


Summer 2019 - work starts

Dec 2021 - completion

Refurbishment/equipment - £6.5m
Essential maintenance - £13.5m

Harrison – Engineering 2020 and essential maintenance work

Harrison (Engineering)

A short fly-through video of what we expect the new space and facilities in Harrison to look like, can be viewed below:

Work will continue with the removal of scaffold from the exterior of Harrison this is a noisy and lengthy process which will be ongoing in increments over the next few weeks and is likely to cause some significant noise disruption to building users. Works continue on the roof with the fitting of new extraction for the development of the mezzanine and week commencing 27th September works around the water tank will be completed with a resin fix,there is likely to be a strong odour from the roofing materials, but it is perfectly safe for all building occupants.

Works on the existing mezzanine continue with the construction of partition walls and M&E first fix. This may cause some noise disruption to building users. Lights will be installed over the next few days in the link corridor between the main stairwell and 288 but disruption to building users for this install will be minimal.

Please note the Harrison - ongoing works plan with no general access permitted.

We are doing everything possible to mitigate any disruption, but if you do experience any issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Laura Baxter or the project manager, Mark John.


The University continues to invest in existing and new teaching and research facilities to enhance the experience of our students at Exeter. As part of this investment, in 2019 we began a £19m programme of improvement and essential maintenance work within the Harrison building. This work supports the delivery of engineering education in the future and ensures that students have access to the best possible facilities during their time at Exeter.

This programme of work has focussed on two areas:

1. Improvements to workshop space, facilities and equipment to support a new Engineering curriculum.

This includes a refurbishment and remodelling of laboratory and workshop space, new project and storage space and the purchase of new and replacement equipment. Specifically this includes:

  • New student project-based learning space
  • Creation of composite materials, clean structures and geotechnics labs and teaching facilities
  • Relocation and extension of the fab lab
  • Refurbishment and modernisation of electronics labs
  • Optimisation of fluids lab to create flexibility and adaptable teaching and storage space
  • Creation of a vehicle assembly area
  • Relocation of computer suites to the Innovation Centre


2. Essential maintenance in the North Block of the Harrison building

This involves replacement of the north block roof, the removal of asbestos in this part of the building and the replacement of services including heating, ventilation and lighting.

Together, these two areas of work deliver space within the building to provide a dynamic, flexible and responsive curriculum to our students, in a safe, modern environment where practical engineering and creativity are at the centre of our student experience.


Work began in 2019 and will conclude in December 2021.

A regular schedule of work is available on 'Latest construction update' tab on this website.

The project team are working hard to minimise disruption to colleagues and students throughout the project.

Building work on the Harrison building continues and this is being managed in accordance with Government health and safety guidelines.

The onsite contractors are working incredibly hard to maintain social distancing, protect their colleagues and ensure that work can continue in a safe environment. This includes one way zones and marked out areas for team working and refreshments.

Below are some photos of the social distancing measures implemented externally and internally.


The Estate Services team are working closely with colleagues in CEMPS to ensure the project runs smoothly and the impact of the work is managed carefully and considerately.

Work is being undertaken by a specialist third party contractor and their sub-contractors, and there are clear restrictions and constraints on methods of construction, including hours or work, to ensure the disruption to building users is limited.

If you have any immediate questions, please email Project Manager, Mark John