A338 Roadworks September to May 2016

From September 2015 to May 2016, major construction work will be carried out to the A338.

a338The £22m scheme, funded by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, will reconstruct the five-and-a-half mile stretch of road between the Ashley Heath Roundabout and the Blackwater Junction. It will also include:

  • replacing and upgrading safety barrier to concrete
  • improving failed drainage to solve flood problems associated with the road
  • bringing the carriageway width up to current standards
  • renewing road signs
  • carrying out maintenance and protection to bridges

Please note that journeys on the X3, X6 and 38 bus routes on the More bus service will take longer than usual. Temporary timetables will be in place from Monday 7 September – if you use any of these routes, please take the time to check when the services are running.


From Sunday 6 September for two weeks, there will be closures throughout the day and night on both the northbound and southbound carriageways. During this fortnight work will concentrate on removing any remaining trees or vegetation obstructing the work, installing traffic management, speed cameras and CCTV and resurfacing works around Blackwater.

From Monday 21 September until Christmas, the southbound carriageway will be reconstructed between Blackwater Junction and the QinetiQ access, with a 40mph contraflow on the northbound carriageway.

In the New Year, work will focus on the northern end of the scheme, with the reconstruction of the stretch between Ashley Heath Roundabout and the QinetiQ entrance. Work will start on the southbound side, with traffic remaining in the northbound contraflow. There will also be speed restrictions on the A31 in this area during this phase of work.

From March until the end of May, the northbound carriageway will be reconstructed with the contraflow traffic on the newly built southbound side.

Throughout the work there may be times where additional overnight closures are required for surfacing work and to rearrange traffic management.

For regular updates on the works, please head to the website. To find out more about why the works are taking place, visit the Dorset for You website.

Works to Talbot Campus

As part of the on-going improvements to Talbot Campus, the footpath between the new academic building construction site and Weymouth House/Christchurch Annex will close for repaving from Monday 13 July for 8 weeks.

To enable the works, several car parking bays and a motorcycle bay in front of Christchurch House will be unavailable throughout the eight weeks. Alternative motorcycle parking can be found at the rear of Weymouth House.

For the duration of the works a pedestrian diversion route around the back of Weymouth House and Christchurch House Annex will be in place. Please take a look at the map to see which route you will need to take whilst the work is carried out.

Should you have any queries please contact Estates Project Manager Rob Lipcar.

Access to Talbot Campus from Monday 15 September

Over the summer, work on BU’s flagship New Academic Building started on Talbot Campus. The building, due to open in summer 2016, will host academic and support facilities, including seminar rooms, lecture theatres, break out space and catering facilities.

Due to the construction work taking place on site, temporary pedestrian routes are necessary and signs will be provided to guide on key preferred/shortest routes.

Pedestrians should remain on the pathways and follow safety instructions. The pedestrian path along the campus road will be re-routed through the student village – please do not walk on the campus road.

Cyclists should remain on the campus road (not pathways).

Students should also be aware that following recent feedback about the university bus services, some changes have been made to help make your journeys between campuses and around the Bournemouth area easier and more efficient. These changes will come into effect on Monday 15 September and more information about the different services can be found on the Bus for BU website.

New Academic Building – Parking on Talbot Campus from 8 August

Work on BU’s flagship New Academic Building will be starting soon on Talbot Campus. The building, due to open in summer 2016, will host academic and support facilities, including seminar rooms, lecture theatres, break out space and catering facilities.

The building demonstrates our commitment to enhancing our Estate and creating a modern facility to benefit BU’s community for years to come.

For the duration of the construction works, some of your usual routes around campus will be affected:

  • From Monday 11 August, car park A (next to Weymouth House and the Sir Michael Cobham Library, now showing as building 24 on the map) will be closed and fencing will surround this area. Due to this closure, vehicles cannot be left in the car park from the evening of Friday 8 August.
  • From this date, students should use all other car parks – B to G and the Student Village. A traffic light system will be put in place from 11 August to help with the flow of traffic on campus. Students are asked to follow the control measures and signage around the area to help keep traffic moving.
  • The new car park H, built just to the south of the campus to replace all of the parking spaces lost, will open on Monday 1 September. Barrier controlled entry to car park H is necessary and will commence from 1 September. Barrier controlled entry to car parks B to E will be introduced in mid-September. Students who have not yet had their BU Smart card arranged should do so as soon as possible by contacting the Reception Team at Poole House or the Executive Business Centre.

Some disruption to vehicle movement on Talbot Campus is inevitable and all students should plan extra journey time. For safety reasons all instructions, including those from the parking attendants, should be followed. Where possible, you may wish to try alternative, sustainable modes of transport in line with the current Travel Plan.

If you require more information on how the construction works will affect Talbot Campus parking, please email parkingenquiries@bournemouth.ac.uk. For any other queries about the works for the Academic Building, please contact the Project Manager, Rob Lipcar.

New academic building to further enhance your learning experience at BU

bu-logoWe are delighted to announce that our plans to develop a new flagship academic building with state-of-the-art learning facilities have been given the go-ahead.

This is a major step towards achieving our aspiration to create world-class facilities for world-class performance – and improving the learning experience of current and future students.

Together with the new student centre, which is due to open next year, Talbot Campus is evolving into a greener and more user-friendly campus; and with the Bournemouth University International College building in Lansdowne which is also under construction, we are making significant progress towards our aspirations set out in BU2018.

This new academic building will provide an attractive landmark at the heart of the campus and, under one roof, will host academic and support facilities, including seminar rooms, lecture theatres, break out space and catering facilities.

It will mean we can vacate the temporary buildings currently in use and provide higher quality facilities for students.

Construction will get underway in the summer and is expected to take around 18 months to complete. We anticipate it will officially open in 2016.

The academic building will be constructed on an existing car park and to replace the lost parking spaces, a new landscaped car park will be provided just to the south of the campus, off Gillett Road.

A new mini link road will also be provided to connect Gillett Road to the campus.

The construction of the new car park will begin imminently and is expected to be completed by September.

More information and artist’s impressions of what the building will look like can be found at www.bournemouth.ac.uk/new-academic-building.

Our estates team would be happy to answer any questions you may have so please contact them via estatesfeedback@bournemouth.ac.uk.

We will continue to keep you informed throughout the construction period.

Kind regards

Professor John Vinney                     Jim Andrews
Vice-Chancellor                                Chief Operating Officer