The Julian Study Centre was opened in 2014. In common with many recent buildings on campus, the new centre has been named after a notable historical figure from the region – the anchoress Julian of Norwich, who is believed to be the first woman to publish a book in the English language.
The new centre is the most environmentally advanced building on campus to date. Covering 2,000sqm over four floors, it features a traditional 280-seat lecture theatre alongside an 80-seat Harvard-style lecture theatre. It also includes seven seminar rooms, a cafe and a number of break-out spaces.
The £6.9m building has been constructed to meet the need for more first class teaching facilities on campus. It has been built to the highest sustainable criteria, using 'Termodeck' design. Contractors Kier have also used Passivhaus techniques and the building complies with BREEAM certification guidelines.
The building recently won in the RIBA Suffolk Design Awards