Monday, 16 May 2022

Business School launches £31m redevelopment

A NEW five-floor teaching block is to be built at Henley Business School

A NEW five-floor teaching block is to be built at Henley Business School as part of a £31 million investment.

The move is part of a £200 million programme by the University of Reading to redevelop campus facilities for future students.

Additional teaching space will be created at the business school’s Greenlands campus, off Marlow Road.

Student uptake is consistently high, and with a greater number of students studying at the Whiteknights campus in Reading, there is a pressing need for extra space.

The project seeks to remodel the existing Henley Business School sites internally to help maximise space usage and function. Small areas of space will be expanded to help increase operational space.

The new teaching block will feature two new large lecture theatres, seminar rooms and a dedicated MBA suite for up to 100 delegates.

To unite the existing and new buildings, a large enclosed space will link the two sites. This area will also be available to use for events and functions.

The expansion will also benefit the wider university as it will help offset the loss of teaching space encountered during other redevelopments. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2017 and is due to be completed by mid-2019.

Professor John Board, dean of Henley Business School, said: “I am delighted with this development. It will allow students from wherever they come and at whatever level they study to have an outstanding experience in an environment that properly reflects Henley’s global position and academic quality.”

The University of Reading’s 2026: Transform programme is driven by its ambition to become a larger, vibrant and more sustainable institution by its centenary year.

Other projects under the programme are the redevelopments of the library and URS Building, the creation of the Chancellor’s Building and the newly-formed School of Architecture, the refurbishment of the Van Emden lecture theatre and the redevelopment of residential accommodation at Greenlands.

This project will see 60 new en-suite bedrooms built in a £10million project.

Work has begun and the school says the development should be completed within 12 months.

Two low-rise buildings will be constructed on the footprint of existing buildings at Greenlands.

They have been designed by the Design Partnership to be sustainable, energy efficient and cost effective. The school says the development will be the equivalent standard of a four-star hotel.

Mr Board added: “This is an important investment in our Greenlands campus and is part of our plan to remain a global centre for business leaders, academics and students from around the world.

“We have worked with the chosen architects before and they are familiar with this special area so I am confident the new buildings will meet with the approval of visitors and neighbours.”

The university’s vice-chancellor Sir David Bell said: “Projects within the programme stem directly from student feedback, such as the need for extra study space and better technical resources. Other driving factors include sustainability, environmental impact and improved use of space.”

In 2012, the Queen and Prince Philip travelled by boat to the school’s site at Greenlands for a garden party as part of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The event was organised by the Lords Lieutenant of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and was the largest garden party to be held outside London.

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