The University of Hertfordshire’s Vice-Chancellor Quintin McKellar, representatives from Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and contractors Willmott Dixon attended a topping out ceremony to mark the completion of the external structure of the University’s new business and social hub building.
The three-storey development, which has been part-funded by Hertfordshire LEP, will become the new home for learning, social and business facilities at the heart of the University’s de Havilland campus in Hatfield.
Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, said: “The construction of our new building is on schedule to be completed in 2020 and we look forward to welcoming students to our new facilities. The building will provide education, entrepreneurship, business incubation and social facilities all under one roof, significantly enhancing the support the University provides to our degree apprenticeship employers and learners, enterprising graduates and local entrepreneurs.”
Hertfordshire LEP has invested £2.5m from the Local Growth Fund towards the construction of the building as part of its strategic priority to support business growth and innovation within the county.
Adrian Hawkins, Deputy Chair of Hertfordshire LEP said: “Small enterprises form the backbone of Hertfordshire’s business community. Our £2.5m funding towards the construction of a new Business Hub is an investment in their future growth and prosperity, giving start-ups access to a world-class University with a reputation for championing entrepreneurship.”
The Minister for Local Growth, Jake Berry MP, said: “We are committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the UK and building a Britain fit for the future.
“Degree apprenticeships play an important role in helping people to reach their full potential, whatever their background, so I am delighted this £2.5 million investment from the Local Growth Fund will help provide new teaching, social and business facilities at the University of Hertfordshire. This will make a vital contribution to Hertfordshire’s economy, strengthening links between the University, students, and the local business community.”
A fly-through video of the new building is available to view here.
Facilities will include:
- A ground floor social space with both formal and informal areas to encourage collaboration and communication between students, staff and the business community.
- A first floor with a dedicated Business Incubation focus, delivering a facility designed to support business start-ups and graduate entrepreneurs.
- A new teaching space for students, including Degree Apprentices and MBA students.