Morgan Sindall set to deliver £39.5 million gateway building for Bournemouth University
Morgan Sindall is set to design and build a new flagship building in partnership with Bournemouth University (BU).
The building, if given planning permission, will house the University’s Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Morgan Sindall is in advanced discussions with the university on the final plans for the development.
The Bournemouth Gateway Building will be situated at Lansdowne, on the most prominent arrival site in Bournemouth by rail and car. It will provide a visual gateway to Bournemouth University and the Lansdowne.
BU has recently submitted a planning application for this landmark development to Bournemouth Borough Council.
The proposed building will provide circa 10,000 sq m of new academic space which will be accessible to all Bournemouth University students and the local community.
The development will primarily be used by more than 4,000 students from the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, which is currently based in numerous buildings on Christchurch Road. The faculty trains nurses, midwives and paramedics as well as other health professionals and researchers. It also houses the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work.
Jim Andrews, Chief Operating Officer, said: “This new development will help us achieve our vision of providing world-class facilities for a world-class university.
“If we are to continue producing the midwives, nurses and social workers of the future, then we need the facilities to attract the best.
“Our staff and students contribute more than £1 million a day to the south west economy and support just less than one full-time equivalent (FTE) job in the local conurbation for every 7.4 students.
“For this to continue we must remain competitive and updating our facilities, such as this fantastic new academic building for our highly regarded faculty of Health and Social Sciences, is essential to that.”
The scheme also encompasses associated external works and landscaping which will include parking provision, junctions to an adopted highway and a bus stop for students.
The project is targeting a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) rating of Excellent in line with Bournemouth University’s and Morgan Sindall’s commitment to sustainable best practice. The scheme will also involve a number of apprentice and training schemes to create jobs for young people looking to start their career in construction.
Jon Daines, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re delighted to have reached second-stage discussions with the university on this landmark scheme which will provide the students and staff at Bournemouth University with a state-of-the-art academic building and provide an attractive, impactful gateway to the University’s facilities at Lansdowne.
“Morgan Sindall is well versed in delivering projects of this nature and scale and we look forward to close partnership working with the University and our project partners as we complete the final plans and details for the scheme.
“The University’s ongoing investment in its campus will provide students with a great environment and ensure that the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences benefits from a modern, purpose-built facility, that provides the very best training environment for students.”
Morgan Sindall has been appointed to the scheme via the Southern Construction Framework, which is available as a vehicle for public bodies in the South of England to procure major building works.
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