Construction begins on landmark new development at the University of Hertfordshire

20 January 2022

Construction of a landmark new development at the University of Hertfordshire was officially launched today with a ground breaking ceremony at the College Lane campus in Hatfield. University staff were joined by representatives from Morgan Sindall Construction and the Mayor of Hatfield, Cllr Richard Griffiths, to celebrate the milestone.

The multi-million pound building,announced in November, will provide a state-of-the-art, sustainable home for the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science (SPECS). As building work begins on the five-storey, 15,000m2steel structure, the University has revealed more details about the new development.

A sustainable, innovative home for sector-leading teaching and research

The multi-purpose teaching, research and enterprise space will combine contemporary, innovative materials that mirror the activity inside the building, and traditional materials that connect it to the University’s heritage. Sustainability is at the heart of the project, using modern construction methods and off-site manufacturing to help deliver the University’sClimate Change Vision,包括减少用水、生物多样性、碳管理和空气质量。

State-of-the-art facilities will provide students with up-to-date, real world experience, mirroring the industries in which they will pursue careers. Features will include a robotics lab, advanced cybersecurity facilities, electric vehicle centre, flight simulator, wind tunnel and a cutting-edge Experiential Learning Zone, where projects can be taken all the way from concept to testing and operation under one roof.

Driving skills and economic growth

The new hub will boost not only the learning of current students, but the wider local and national economy.Professor Rodney Day, Dean of the School, explained: “The new SPECS home will transform the student experience – demonstrating the exciting and fulfilling possibilities within modern STEM careers, and driving more young people from all backgrounds to want to study in these fields.

“英国的技术差距和STEM行业缺乏多样性,这两者都阻碍了进步。从工程、计算机科学和物理的基础学科,到机器学习、机器人、网络安全和数据科学的应用,新大楼将反映我们擅长的教学和研究。它将为未来提供具有先进技能和专业知识的劳动力提供支持,从而推动经济增长。”

Professor Quintin McKellar CBE, Vice Chancellor, added: “The University of Hertfordshire is built on 70 years of applied expertise. We’ve always solved problems for businesses and our work continues to directly fuel the British economy, through our graduates, research and local business partners.

“A lot has changed since we were founded in 1952 – but, incredibly, we are still using the same building that Hatfield Technical College used 70 years ago, although of course the technology inside looks radically different now. I’m delighted to mark the beginning of this brand new construction, which will give us the space and equipment to be at the forefront of teaching, learning and research in science, engineering and computing”.

David Rowsell, Northern Home Counties area director at Morgan Sindall Construction他说:“今天的仪式标志着一个令人兴奋的里程碑,它有望成为未来几年北家园郡业务交付的最负盛名的计划之一。”该项目通过南方建设框架(SCF)确保了发展,提供了一个拥有令人印象深刻的可持续性证书的最先进的设施。作为赫特福德郡的老牌企业和赫特福德大学的长期客户,我们知道这个最先进的项目将为社区带来一些真正显著的好处,包括提供真正的社会价值和该地区的下一代学生世界杯克罗地亚vs加拿大预测的广泛机会。”

Investing in the next generation

The ground breaking event also marks the launch of the University’s major fundraising campaign to support the capital build and to supply the world-class equipment required to create a collaborative hub for innovation, learning, research and enterprise.

The University will engage with local and national business, trusts and foundations, and individuals including alumni to meet its ambitious target. Supporters can be get involved in a number of ways, including: named sponsorship of the building, laboratories and other spaces within the building; funding for equipment; research support; and financial help for the students such as scholarships and work placements.

Find out moreabout the fundraising campaign here.

The new SPECS building is scheduled to open in 2024. Read more about the University’sinvestment in campus facilities.

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