Bournemouth University Kimmeridge House
Students returning to Bournemouth University (BU) for the start of 2011 will benefit from the brand new Kimmeridge House lecture complex, which opens this week.
The much needed facility will provide added learning space and state of the art audio visual technology to give a first class student experience.
David Willey, Deputy Vice Chancellor at BU described a ’sense of pride’ as staff previewed the facilities, adding: ’It’s pride in the work that that team have put in over the last two years to produce this magnificent building and facilities. It’s really going to add significant value to the University and to the experience of our students and staff’.
The added space includes a large lecture theatre seating 308 students, a smaller one with 68 seats and first floor seminar spaces that can be divided up or opened out to suit different group sizes. The adjacent Marconi Lecture Theatre has also reopened, contributing another 210 seats.
Many staff were impressed by the building’s superb audio visual facilities, including the digital video projection that enables the highest quality imaging and a surround sound system.
There are 72 speakers in the larger lecture theatre, contributing to the revolutionary digitally-processed artificial audio environment that will allow live acoustics and excellent recording quality.
A total of 14 miles of cabling were used, all stylishly hidden in and above the raft ceiling and recessed into walls.
The project team took the building through from proposal stage, to tendering, 3D modelling to final completion in under 2 years.
Professor Gail Thomas, Dean of the School of Health and Social Care said: ’The AV equipment is state of the art so I think the students will get an excellent experience’.
Richard Shipway, Senior Lecturer in the School of Tourism said the technology was ’at the cutting edge of modern development’ and Director of Student and Academic Services, Jenny Jenkin, described the building as ’fantastic’ and ’really stunning’.