The Southside saga continued on Tuesday, as Imperial's Director of Commercial Services, Paddy Jackman, responded to concerns raised by a stoic tv report from two weeks ago. The interview was originally to have been conducted in Southside's student social space, however stoic tv was denied access due to ongoing construction work in the only space capable of holding an entire hall for social events.
Jackman stated that given the complexity of the project he was still pleased with how well Southside construction had gone. He refused to blame any person or organisation for the ongoing problems, saying everyone involved was a team. However, he did identify the late handover of the building as a source of problems. Once residents had moved in College was faced with the option of constantly having workmen on site, or postponing repairs to minimise periods of disruption. Mr Jackman indicated that getting the balance between minimising disruption and resolving problems was a difficult one to get right, with some students complaining of workmen being in their rooms constantly, while others have complained about slow progress.
On the subject of noise from the Eastside project, Jackman was sympathetic to the problems but felt that Linstead residents had suffered more during the Southside demolition than current Southside residents were with the Linstead demolition. He described the noise problems as "limited", as they would only affect people "who would be sleeping between the hours of eight and six or indeed on a saturday morning between nine and two". Some have suggested that Mr Jackman may wish to study the sleeping patterns of students.
You can watch the full stoic tv interview below.
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