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Exclusive look into the BU building

   By Shiavax Postwalla

Bournemouth University’s new landmark building will feature state-of-the-art green features - including a rooftop


The multi-million pound New Academic Building will also boast solar panels and a high-tech rain harvesting system. The building also features three lecture theatres and 54 interactive rooms.

The new development is set to open in September next year, and The Rock has been given exclusive access to the new five storey learning complex.

With Bournemouth University’s new building set to open its doors in September 2016, The Rock has been given an exclusive look inside the £22million development.

The five storey New Academic Building will be BU’s new learning environment.

The project will feature three large lecture theatres, 22 seminar rooms, five rooms for flexible learning, a fusion office and a new restaurant that will eventually replace the one in Poole House.

The facilities will also include a 30 work station PC Lab and plenty of breakout space as well as teaching rooms.

According to project manager Robert Lipcar, the development is “architecturally designed to enhance and encourage group learning as well being as self-sustainable as possible”.

“The building is designed to be a social space to encourage interaction and collaboration between students and faculties,” he said.

The New Academic Building is designed to make the most of natural lighting, water conservation and many other eco-green features.

Some of the more innovative features of the site include indoor trees and scenic elevators.

Located next to car park A at the back entrance of the campus, the 5,800 square metre construction has resulted in the loss of 197 car park spaces and 17 motorbike spaces.

However, a new landscaped car park has been provided just to the south of the campus, off Gillett Road, in order to replace these spaces.

As well as parking facilities, the scheme already features a ‘park and stride’ option for staff and students who have BU parking permits.

To add to the accessibility, a link road has been added to connect Gillett Road to the Talbot Campus.

This is hoped to minimise traffic congestion through local residential areas and to improve access for permit holders.

The £22million building is said to benefit the community.

The net design and construction cost is estimated to be £15.5m and approximately 62 per cent of this is likely to be spent within a 40-mile radius of the Talbot Campus.

Rob added: “It will be a welcoming, pleasant space and a building that will make an impression on both visitors and potential students.”

BU currently has over 17,000 students of which 1,500 are international students from around 130 countries. It also contributes £1m a day to the South West economy.