University of Hertfordshire+

Background

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to its objective of excellence in education, research and scholarship. In the mid-1990s it became apparent that, to pursue this mission, they would need to improve and expand their campus. It was clear that this couldn’t be done on their current site so Hatfield Business Park was the obvious choice.

The University’s Objectives

Development of the University’s second campus represented the largest single phase educational development project in the UK for 50 years. To afford it, the University required funds to be realised from the sale of their surplus sites in addition to third party funding from the Higher Education Funding Authority. The academic buildings were developed as a PPP designated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England as a major pathfinder project.

The Goodman Solution

Goodman delivered state of the art lecture theatres, teaching rooms and offices for academic staff. The overall size of the scheme is 21,000 sq m and the campus includes two 3-storey academic buildings along with a 500 seat auditorium designed to provide musical entertainment, drama and conference facilities, all set within a 17 acre site. A feature of the accommodation is the campus street, connecting several facilities with a large covered circulation area.

The Result

The campus has been fully operational since the start of the 2003/2004 academic year and has proved to be a great success with students and staff alike, providing an increase in student applications by over 25%.

The Feedback

“We are delighted with this location and with the part that Goodman and all the other professional teams played in its creation”.

Tim Wilson, Vice Chancellor,
University of Hertfordshire