By Daniel Brady
A topping out ceremony for the new Science Building was held on 9 November to mark construction reaching its highest point.
The new Science Building, yet to be named, will open for the 2018/9 year and be home to the Department of Electronic Engineering. It will feature a 268-seat state-of-the-art lecture theatre alongside seminar rooms, laboratories and creative and collaborative spaces. The building will also feature a roof-topped field laboratory with solar panels and wind turbine.
Funded through a £22.2million investment, Royal Holloway intends to provide a high quality, technology led building which will be available for all students and staff 24/7. In December 2014, HEFCE helped in awarding Royal Holloway a £5million grant for the building, notably to encourage more female engineers in the industry.
Of the new building, Professor Paul Layzell, Principal of Royal Holloway, said: ‘From this exciting and modern building we will deliver new courses and ways of working that will enable us to increase student numbers, specifically supporting women, so that we can move towards a genuine gender balance in a subject where the national average for female students is only 10-15 per cent of the cohort.’
‘The new Science building is part of our vision for the long-term future of the university. As a research-intensive university, our purpose is to advance knowledge and, by sharing it, to inspire others to do the same.’
Following from last year’s successful campaigns in naming the George Eliot Hall and the Emily Wilding Davison Building, staff and students have again been invited to help name the new building. More information can be found online, whilst a shortlist is expected to be released in January 2018.
Images: Royal Holloway Estate Plan