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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Construction of the new building is under way!

Work on Southampton Solent University’s £25 million redevelopment of the East Park terrace campus is well under way following the sinking of the first foundation pilings in June this year.

Students and staff are all eager to get a chance to use the new building, particularly the suspended multifunctional area which will be located in the middle of the 18 meter wide atrium. This showstopper space, enclosed in a shiny red ‘pod’, will serve as a lecture theatre and conference centre when the first stage of construction is completed in 2015.

Despite the grand-opening still being a long way off, three members of staff made a visit to the construction site to catch up with the contractors carrying out the works.

Van and Hannah on-site

After getting kitted up, retired Vice-Chancellor Professor Van Gore, Governor Graham Holland and Student Union Vice President for Education Hannah Watts met with Justin Elliot, Associate Director of building contractor Interserve, and witnessed the first foundation pilings being set into place.

“I think this project is going to have a really positive impact on the experience of our students,” says Hannah, “As well as new teaching areas, the extra study locations will help create a real sense of community.”

Professor Gore was also pleased to see the building work begin, adding, “It’s a massively imaginative and exciting project for the University. It’s been years in the planning and I am thrilled to be here today to see it start to take shape. It marks the University’s coming of age.”

Watch the video below to hear more from the staff on their visit to the site, and be sure to follow Solent on Twitter (@solentofficial) for up to the minute updates from the University.