The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies has relocated to a fully refurbished building on University Road from August 2016.
The University has invested £7.6M to create a first class inspirational learning environment, bringing together the school’s constituent parts onto a single site at the heart of the campus.
The new building offers students the opportunity to study in an impressive modernised environment including high end studio space, fully equipped workshops, a multi-purpose gallery space for development of curatorial practice and visiting exhibitions plus a large student common room.
Our aim is to be at the centre of an outstanding research university, developing a research culture that will place us as a leading centre for art, heritage and critical humanities and culture in the UK. The new building will help us retain and attract the best research staff and enable them to work more collaboratively to develop new initiatives and funding opportunities.
By investing in a space for art and culture at the centre of our campus, we can meet our ambitions to continue to increase knowledge and opportunity, and to continue to improve student experience and develop world leading research.
See below for regular updates to the blog announcing more about the new facilities, feedback from our architects ADP, photographs and artists impressions of the works as well as looking back at the heritage of our new building. Students from the MA Arts Management and Heritage Studies recently undertook a project to showcase the unique heritage of the building: you can read their blog posts here.
Staff are now moving into the newly refurbished School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies on University Road, in preparation for the start of the academic year.
Our slideshow above gives a flavour of the great facilities we have in our new impressive environment.
The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies received official handover of their new building at the end of July 2016.
The £7.6m year-long project has involved a complete refurbishment of the former School of Geography site, to create a first class, inspirational learning environment for current and future students with new dedicated studio, workshop and teaching spaces.
The building was formally handed over to the School by Paul Cook (Estates Services) and Paul Armitage (Sewell). Staff are moving into the building on University Road from 1 August, with the premises expected to be fully operational for the start of term.
As the School prepares to move to its new location on University Road, Sewell (the contractors for the project) comment on the final stages of the building renovation:
“We have finally come to the end of our journey on this project, although we are carrying out some additional works which will see us have a presence on site until mid-August.
“We have all enjoyed working on this project and looking at the finished article is something we are all incredibly proud of and thankful that we have been part of the journey in the next chapter of this building.”
The restoration work of our new School building has seen excellent progress over the last couple of months.
The contractors, Sewell, have finally completed the external structure of the building. They are now working on the interior to finish things off and take the decorations up to the final coat. The floors are currently being prepared in readiness for the floor finishes.
The external scaffolding has now been taken down around most of the building. It is now possible to start to see and appreciate how magnificent it will be once fully complete.
All the internal demolition work in the main building is now complete – now the work has shifted to hacking back any defective plaster and preparing the internal walls in readiness to start putting the building back together.
Work has already started on the outside of the building on the North elevation, where scaffolding has been erected so that some of the external works can be carried out (work on the roofing and overhauling the windows).
Nearly all of the redundant services have now been stripped out of the geography building, and work has commenced on the demolition of the Animal Annexe. The contractor is on target to complete the demolition by end of this week.
Work has been going very well for the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies’ relocation to a fully refurbished ‘geography’ building at the heart of campus next summer.
Providing an update, Mark Dodgson (Project Manager at building contactor Sewell’s) said: “Progress has been good again this week as we try to complete floor by floor the removal of all redundant services / ducting, etc. We should be in a position at some point next week to commence with the demolition of some of the internal walls, and works are progressing nicely in relation to the demolition of the Animal Annexe.”
The strip out of the main building is on course to finish soon, and over the coming weeks Sewell’s will commence with the internal demolition of the partitions.
We are delighted to announce that building contractor Sewell’s have started on site this week and are already making progress with the extensive refurbishment works.
Mark Dodgson, Project Manager at Sewell’s said; “We’re thrilled to be involved with the University for the first time and on such a prestigious project as the new Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies Building. We have started on site this week and will be here for approximately ten months. The first few week’s activities will be setting up the site establishment and a soft strip of the internal building in ready for the next stage of work to commence.”
We are going to document the progress of the work in a photo diary of each week’s progress. These first images show walls being marked up for demolition and the main hall area being stripped out ready for remodeling.