Accommodation opening ceremony
2 November 2017
Investing in the future: Living up to our world-class reputation with new four star accommodation
This week marked the unveiling of two new accommodation buildings for students, clients and hotel guests at our Greenlands campus. Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading and Professor John Board, Dean of Henley Business School, hosted an opening ceremony and tour at our historic Thames-side home to celebrate the conclusion of the substantial investment project.
Two new low-rise buildings have been carefully constructed; they are the equivalent standard of a four star hotel and have an architectural style that reflects existing buildings and is sympathetic to the Grade 2 listed main building and its unique setting by the Thames. Sustainability and energy efficiency is a key feature of the build, with the use of high quality, low energy, responsibly sourced, Green Guide specified materials to meet the BREEAM standards of the world’s leading sustainability organisation, BRE Global Limited.
The project involved the demolition of existing buildings and removal of an onsite swimming pool and aimed to provide spacious, comfortable, fully equipped accommodation to complement the existing facilities on the campus.
Professor John Board, comments:
“We have been part of the local and business community for over 70 years as a global centre for business leaders, academics and students from around the world and an excellent venue for external events. The new rooms will significantly enhance the experience of our guests in a way that properly reflects our worldwide reputation and maintains the beauty of the Greenlands estate.”
The building work began in Summer 2016 and was achieved in partnership with Architects Design Partnership, who designed the accommodation, Artelia, who managed the project, and Morgan Sindall, a leading UK construction and regeneration group.