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Facilities boost for Greenwich

An important new addition to the Greenwich Campus will soon open its doors to students, including the UK's largest landscaped roof

Posted by Hannah Oakman | May 22, 2014 | Bricks & mortar

In a key location on Stockwell Street, at the heart of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, this state-of-the-art building includes a purpose-built home for disciplines in architecture, construction, creative media and digital design. Students from across the campus will use the building’s new library (double the size of the current one, with 370 study spaces and over 130,000 volumes) as well as its lecture theatres, seminar rooms and other facilities. 

The university’s specialists in architecture – teaching staff, researchers and students – have contributed their world-leading expertise to the development of Heneghan Peng Architects’ sensitive and imaginative design for the building and the whole development offers a series of “living laboratories” for the study of sustainable buildings. 

The high-quality digital TV and sound studios will be a major boost to the work of the university’s digital media and creative design programmes.

Innovative facilities include the UK’s largest landscape roofs dedicated to research and teaching, allowing the university to develop its research capability in aquaponics, algaeponics and sustainable landscape architecture. Students will also benefit from a large architecture studio, a model-making workshop, TV and sound studios. 

Professor David Maguire, Vice-Chancellor, says: “This is the centrepiece of the university’s £100 million transformational investment programme in Greenwich and it will enhance our work in many ways. It is difficult to convey in writing the quality of our new cutting-edge facilities, which will have a great impact on the university and all who work with us – internationally, nationally and locally.

“The design of the building has been informed by the ideas of local people and organisations and its location, in Royal Greenwich town centre, will enable us to interact more closely with local businesses and community members.”  

Alongside open plan learning spaces, contemporary lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, the building will also provide computer suites and social spaces for meetings, study and accessing learning technologies. Designed to encourage the buzz of exchange and collaboration, it will bring the public even closer to the life of the university, with access to the on-site café, exhibition space and shop. There will also be public access to the university’s unique historical archives detailing its fascinating heritage.

The investment programme also includes the nearby Daniel Defoe hall of residence, which will provide 358 en-suite rooms for students as well as a café and gym for residents. Sustainability underpins both these projects, contributing to the university’s already outstanding green credentials. Both have been designed to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards and the new building at Stockwell Street has also been awarded two prestigious BREEAM innovation credits.



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