The University of Exeter has created additional space for students to access wellbeing services on Streatham Campus.
The new facility will provide additional space for face-to-face wellbeing appointments and counselling sessions for students in a relaxed, welcoming and private environment. It will include a reception and welcoming waiting area, confidential spaces, office space and both small and large meeting and appointment rooms.
There is also a small group space in the chalet located outside, and the gardens are currently being landscaped to create a calm and relaxed space.
The building is located at the top of Mardon Hill, close to existing wellbeing services based in Reed Hall and Reed Mews.
Mark Sawyer, Head of Wellbeing and Welfare Services at The University of Exeter said: “The University’s Wellbeing team provide a range of internal and external support and advice services for students. The new building is providing additional safe and welcoming space for those that need it. The new space allows for more face-to-face appointments within a range of quiet and sound proofed private meeting rooms within a relaxed environment.”
“The University is committed to supporting our students and prioritising the health and wellbeing of our community.”
The Wellbeing project also supports the University’s target to reduce carbon emissions and improve sustainability standards to achieve Carbon Net Zero by 2030 and the University’s Strategy 2030 vision to lead meaningful action against the climate emergency and ecological crisis. The building has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, meaning that it encompasses many sustainability measures, and the design reduces operational carbon. The project also achieved zero waste to landfill.
The University worked alongside contractor, Premier Modular, to create the building off-site using their ‘Modern Methods of Construction’ (MMC), which produced 67% less energy and resulted in up to 50% less time spent on-site when compared with traditional methods.
Dan Allison, Divisional Director at Premier Modular said: “We are proud to have been appointed by the University of Exeter to deliver their wellbeing facility, working together with aligned green ambitions. At Premier Modular, our sustainable operations are not only fundamental to our own net zero objectives, but important for our customers and the communities in which we work.
“Our modular building systems are precision manufactured with much greater accuracy and tolerances than in-situ construction methods. This minimises air permeability for enhanced thermal efficiency, reduces heat loss, carbon emissions and running costs. In opting to deliver the new facility through MMC, the University demonstrated its commitment to achieving its net zero targets.”
For more information on the Wellbeing Support available for students at The University of Exeter, visit: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/students/wellbeing/