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The Chancellors’ Building

Construction videos

Take a look at some views inside The Chancellors' Building as construction took place:

Project details

  • planning consent granted September 2012
  • opened 30 September 2013
  • value: £26m

The foyer of The Chancellors\' Building

The Chancellors’ Building is now complete, offering a dramatic new hub of learning and teaching on campus.

It includes facilities ranging from twin 350-seat lecture theatres to 30-seat group lecture rooms with state of the art audio visual provision.

The 8,000m2 building doubles the number of large scale lecture theatres on campus and up to 2,000 students can use the building at any one time.

The main entrance to the building faces the campus public transport arrivals area and the 350-seat refectory that forms part of the proposed new student accommodation building.

Architectural features

  • the building is connected to the main campus Parade with a 'Skywalk' bridge
  • two small lecture theatres are housed partially outside the building in a copper-clad 'pod'
  • three-storey high glass walls provide high levels of natural light into a five-storey high circulation space
  • four large capacity lifts and three wide staircases cater for the large volumes of foot traffic
  • a variety of materials have been used externally to complement other buildings on campus.

Project updates

November 2013

The building was officially opened by our new Chancellor, His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex. A recording of the opening ceremony is available on YouTube.

September 2013

The Chancellors' Building is open for teaching as planned.

April 2013

Architects and contractors joined University staff on the roof of The Chancellors’ Building to celebrate the ‘topping out’ of the building.

The ceremony marks the moment the highest point of the building has been reached.

February 2013

Progress on the project is going well. The steel frame and flooring plank is continuing and we are about to start cladding the West elevation, including temporary weathering protection.

We have also stripped out the existing boiler house are about to install the main boiler plant which will be lifted into position onto permanent plinths.

Completion of the steel structure and flooring is anticipated for the beginning of March 2013 and the overall completion of the project is 24 September 2013.

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