Royal Opening Ceremony for Jubilee Campus Phase II

09 Mar 2009 16:00:00.000

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His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO visited The University of Nottingham on March 11 to officially open the newly-expanded Jubilee Campus.


His Royal Highness was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony for Phase II of the campus, a £30m development that has transformed a former brownfield site with three landmark new buildings and ‘Aspire’, the tallest free-standing sculpture in the UK.


The official opening of Jubilee Phase II is the culmination of a significant project to expand the campus, adding architecturally stunning new buildings that broaden the range of activity at the site and build on the University’s commitment to modern, sustainable design.

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The first phase of the Jubilee Campus was opened in 1999 on a site formerly occupied by the Raleigh bicycle works, a mile from University Park. Over the last decade the campus has won a string of awards for sustainable design, including a RIBA Journal Sustainability Award and a British Construction Industry Award.

Jubilee Phase II continues this theme with new iconic buildings that demonstrate exemplar sustainable building practice. Phase II of the campus includes:

•    The Sir Colin Campbell Building — named after the University’s Vice-Chancellor from 1988-2008 — which provides a gateway between the Jubilee Campus and the new Innovation Park, and accommodates the University’s Technology Transfer Office, as well as significant rentable space for commercial entities with close research synergy to the University.
•    International House, which accommodates the University’s International Office, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, Centre for English Language Education, and the Institute for Work, Health & Organisations (IWHO).
•    The Amenities Building, which contains a student services centre, multi-faith rooms, a restaurant/cafeteria, seminar/lecture rooms and accommodation for medium-stay visitors.
•    ‘Aspire’ — funded by an anonymous benefactor, the 60-metre steel latticework sculpture is the highest freestanding piece of public art in the UK and has made a striking impression on the Nottingham skyline.

His Royal Highness was greeted at the campus on March 11 by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, Professor David Greenaway, and also the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, the Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council and the Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council.

Professor Greenaway said: “It is a great honour to welcome His Royal Highness to the University for this very special occasion. The Jubilee Campus is very important to the University because it has allowed us to grow in a sustainable way, and it has been very important for Nottingham because it has helped to regenerate this part of the city."

Professor Greenaway added that His Royal Highness was continuing a long family tradition of opening buildings at the University - his grandparents opened the Trent Building in the 1920s, and his wife opened the East Midlands Conference Centre in 1985.

During his visit, His Royal Highness was given a guided tour of the campus by the Vice-Chancellor, with Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Dodson and Dr Ken Shuttleworth of Make Architects, who designed Phase II of the campus.

Among the features of the sustainable design employed at Jubilee Phase II is a lake-coupled reversible heat pump system, that provides 100 per cent of all heating and cooling requirements for the three new buildings, totalling 10,400 square metres of floor space. The heat-exchange unit is submerged in an artificial lake which was created during an earlier phase of development in 2002.

All three of the new buildings feature high-performance, highly-insulated facades which are less than 50 per cent glazed and oriented to ensure good levels of natural lighting while avoiding excessive solar gain. The University has installed more than 250 ‘smart meters’ monitoring energy use, on a half-hourly basis, in most of its building stock, which will enable ongoing monitoring of the new buildings’ energy performance in comparison with older buildings.

His Royal Highness also met staff and students and heard about the University’s ground-breaking research, including work taking place in the School of the Built Environment and the Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage in Nottingham, and the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China.

His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque in the Sir Colin Campbell Building to mark the official opening of Jubilee Phase II.

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Notes to editors: The picture above shows (left to right) Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham; HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO; Professor Alan Dodson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Infrastructure.

This press release was updated on March 11th.

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