£120m new accommodation opened at the University of Hertfordshire

October 27th 2016

New student accommodation at the University of Hertfordshire College Lane Campus was officially opened on Tuesday 25th October 2016.

The 3,000 bed student accommodation project, developed by Uliving (Linkcity’s joint venture with Derwent Living) and built by Bouygues UK, brings to a conclusion a three year £120m redevelopment plan and marks a significant milestone in the University’s Estates 2020 Vision and the transformation of the College Lane campus.

Dr Julia Schofield MBE, a leading technology consultant and champion for utilising technology to meet the needs of people with disabilities, opened the Schofield accommodation. Julia studied Computer Science at the University in the 1970s, the first blind female to do so.

Julia said: “I am lucky because my time here enabled me to get into a field I really wanted to work in. I was surprised to be asked and I am extremely honoured.”

Diane Maclean, sculptor and environmental artist, opened the Maclean accommodation. Diane studied Art and Design at the University in the 1980s and is a long-standing supporter of the University. Her stainless steel creation “The Mountain”, commissioned for the Natural History Museum, sits outside main reception.

Diane said “My degree here was amazingly inspirational. The University provided me with skills to embark on a career in sculpture which I am still doing today. I am extremely grateful and very proud to be part of the University.”

Mike Newton, a Computer Science graduate who has been a major contributor to the development of the computing industry, opened the Newton accommodation. Mike has worked with well-known companies such as Apple and Dell. He is an advocate for technology education and supports early career technologists.

He said: “I am honoured that the University has chosen to name their student accommodation after me. I have very fond memories of my time here. I would also like to take this opportunity to praise the University for being an early adopter of Apprenticeship Degrees.  When I came to Hatfield over 45 years ago, Computer Science was a ground breaking course. I feel that the early take up of Apprenticeship Degrees is proof that the University of Hertfordshire has not lost its desire to be at the cutting edge.”

Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor at the University, said: “Our architects have done an absolutely magnificent job. I am delighted that we now have space for so many more students yet have managed to keep our wonderful green space on campus. We have a truly fantastic campus here and I’m delighted we have four of our most prestigious alumni here to open the buildings which have been named after them.”

The residences were officially opened on the same day as the opening of The Oval and the Hutton Hub.

The Oval is a Centre providing sports and social facilities as well as an information point for students. The Oval will be named Sir Stuart Matthews Centre in recognition of alumnus Sir Stuart Matthews and his long-standing contribution to the aviation industry which began at Hatfield Technical College. Most notably Sir Stuart helped build the Comet, the world’s first jet airline.

Sir Stuart Matthews said: “I want to take the opportunity to say how proud I am to have graduated from Hertfordshire and to have this building named after me. I was one of the very first students here sixty years ago when it was Hatfield Technical College and it’s hard to believe that the University has become what it is today.”

The Vice-Chancellor finished the event by opening The Hutton Hub which is a unique building which brings together all student services in one location. It includes services such as the Student Centre, Careers Service, Campus Pharmacy and Medical Centre, Student Union and a branch of Santander.

University of Hertfordshire College lane Campus Aerial photography by Pete Stevens ©

The Hutton Hub takes its name from the Hutton building, which was built on the site in 1948 and named after Dr Hutton, the first head teacher of Hatfield School. The School was later relocated to new premises in the town and Hatfield Polytechnic expanded on the College Lane site.

Image: Ariel view of the University. Courtesy of  Pete Stevens – CreativeEmpathy.com

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