Monday, 15 August 2022

New £10m accommodation blocks for business students

£10 million accommodation blocks open at business school

TWO new accommodation blocks have been opened at the Henley Business School following a £10million redevelopment.

Bourne House and Berry Brook House contain a total of 60 new en-suite rooms for students at the school’s Greenlands campus, off Marlow Road. They were officially unveiled by the school’s dean Professor John Board and Sir David Bell, vice chancellor of Reading University, the school’s parent institution.

They replace Paddock House, which was built in the Sixties, and were built on the site of previous accommodation buildings and a swimming pool. The two blocks were designed by the Design Partnership and built by construction company Morgan Sindall.

Each room has a theme of one of four colours — green, blue, purple or orange — and features a framed picture of an area of the school taken by members of staff.

Other rooms at the campus’s existing Windrush, Evenlode and Loddon blocks have been upgraded to match the standard of the new accommodation.

The blocks are designed to be sustainable and energy efficient and meadow grass has been planted outside to encourage insects and other wildlife.

Sir David said: “The business school has always wanted to make sure that the buildings we have are suitable for all students that come through.

“The demands students place on us are increasing all the time and we have to be up to the challenge to provide the best accommodation.

“I’m grateful for the patience and forbearance of our staff and colleagues from the estates and facilities team who oversee projects like this.”

Prof Board said: “We see ourselves as an international business school with people who come to us from hundreds of countries but also as a part of the Henley region.

“Paddock House was put up in the Sixties and is a fine example of four-star accommodation from that time!

“It’s a great pleasure to be part of opening these new buildings.”

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