Council approves plans for top facilities for BU students


Work on new BU buildings with state of the art facilities for media and science students have been set in motion.

The Borough of Poole Council have approved plans for the Poole Gateway Building which will be filled with the latest equipment for the Faculty of Science & Technology and the Faculty of Media & Communication.

Although still in the early stages, it is expected to be 5600m², filled with TV studios, sound stage, motion capture and green screen, live recording rooms, music, games and animation labs.

This new project will be a landmark gateway to Poole and sit on the Eastern side of Talbot Campus.

This is part of a £100million project and includes a second development, the Bournemouth Gateway Building at Lansdowne Campus for the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences.

Previous developments at BU include the £10.5 million Student Centre at the heart of Talbot Campus opened in early 2015 and the newest addition, the £22 million Fusion Building, in June 2016.

Both developments have had a significant impact in BU’s promotion to the Times Higher Education (THE) top 200 universities in the world, awarded this year.

Proposals have also been put forward for the development of new halls of residence on Lansdowne Road that will hold 550 students.

This will help to tackle BU’s lack of student accommodation, which left many students in university letting houses (unilet) or having to find their own private accommodation in the first year away from home.

Jim Andrews, Chief Operating Officer at Bournemouth University, said:

These new facilities will support BU’s success in producing highly employable graduates and world leading research that is recognised across the world.

Professor John Vinney, BU Vice-Chancellor, said: “Our proposed new developments are key to helping us achieve our vision of providing world class facilities for a world class university so that we can continue to develop global talent.

“If we are to continue producing Oscar winning graduates, designers, engineers and the midwives, nurses and social workers of the future, then we need the facilities to attract the best.”

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2017, with infrastructure works complete by Easter 2018 and buildings opening in September 2019.