Enabling work on “Building 60”, the new state-of-the-art teaching and learning space on Chancellors Drive, is due to commence on 22 January 2018. These works will affect the West Car Park. Completion of this 70 week project, undertaken by R.G. Carter Construction, is scheduled for July 2019 and we will welcome new students for the start of the 2019/20 academic year.
The development will provide a comprehensive range of lecture rooms and seminar rooms for students across all disciplines. The top three floors will comprise teaching laboratories and the ground floor will house teaching space for over 500 students. The visualisations shown below give an idea of how the final design will look.
As part of the project, the existing district heating main will be extended from Thomas Paine Study Centre to Building 60. This will also enable the future connection of other buildings along the route to the system and take advantage of this highly efficient and sustainable source of heating and hot water. This phase of the project will require a single lane closure of Chancellors Drive during Summer 2018.
The bus stop next to Building 60 will be also be closed from the 22 January for the majority of the project and bus passengers should use the bus stop located beside the Estates Building. Approximately 20 parking spaces in the West Car Park will be temporarily taken out of service and the cycle stands outside Julian Study Centre will be re-sited to other locations.
“As with all new buildings on campus, accessibility is imperative to the design process,” said Neil Wilson, Senior Project Manager. “Access to the building will be via a ramp, there will be lifts at each end of the building, accessible toilets on every floor, automatic push button doors, and adjustable benching and fume cupboards.”
Rose Jenkins, Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities said: “Obtaining planning permission for Building 60 marks a real achievement for the delivery of the Estates Strategy and will help support the UEA 2030 vision. This key building will provide outstanding learning and teaching spaces in support of growing student numbers and delivering an excellent experience for students, staff and visitors.
“In addition, the inclusion of high quality seminar spaces on the ground floor of a predominantly science teaching building will encourage communities to flourish and ideas to be shared between different groups of students”.
Images courtesy of FBMArchitects
Updated – 18 January 2018