Marking the end of 1 West project

Thomas Sheppard, Chair of University Council, joined staff on Tuesday to celebrate the successful completion of the 1 West project.

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bernie Morley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost, Professor Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) and Steve Egan, Vice-President (Implementation) accompanied Thomas on a tour of some of the teams based in the building.

Anthony Payne, Head of Student Services, got things underway by introducing the new Student Services area which offers students easy access to disability and mental health services in the heart of campus.

Thomas Sheppard, Chair of University Council, with the Vice-Chancellor

On Level 4, Dr Darren Cosker, Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research & Applications (CAMERA) welcomed Thomas to their studio. Darren talked through the cutting edge optical motion capture technology and its uses from traumatic injury rehabilitation to film production.

The Humanities & Social Sciences Faculty Office then gathered on Level 3 in their newly decorated foyer to hear Professor Ian Butler, Dean, and colleagues run through the Faculty’s successful marketing efforts from video production to PR and the resulting rise in applications.

The building also provides a home for the Department for Health and two Department of Physics laboratories - Ultrafast Science & Terahertz Photonics and The Centre for Space, Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences.

The £22m refurbishment and expansion was divided into three phases and despite the challenges of a central location and multiple occupants, was completed on time and budget.

Dame Glynis thanked Thomas on behalf of everyone: “Without the support of Council and in particular Thomas, this type of investment in our future would not be possible.”

Before refreshments and cutting the celebratory 1W cake Thomas said: “This building was one of the first on campus. When we get to 50 we all need a bit of a nip and tuck, and Martyn Whalley, Director of Estates, and his team have done a brilliant job of transforming this space.

“Buildings are about what is inside them, and today I’ve met people putting enormous energy into providing care for students, exploring CGI research and promoting humanities and social sciences – it is you who make the building.”

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