Published: 15 December 2005 at 15:32
From worn out music practice huts to extensive new music and arts facility
Higher Education Minister and Harlow MP, Bill Rammell 'officially' opened the impressive new music and arts facility within the recently refurbished Helmore Building, on which work began in 2003. During his visit he performed a plaque unveiling ceremony after being given a tour of the building.
The new facility occupies the site of what was previously a large car park. A series of wooden music practice huts, which lined the car park, were formerly used by students of music who could be heard learning to master a wide variety of musical instruments. Now in place of the huts, stands the imposing £8m Helmore building, the first of three new buildings planned for the Cambridge campus, designed by architects Hawkins Brown and built by contractors William Verry.
The main four storey building contains the music department and additional teaching rooms for students of the University's Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences (ALSS). It features an interlocking two story office block (given over to the offices and leisure facilities of the Students' Union), an internal walkway, known as 'The Street' and a row of modern, acoustically separated music practice rooms. The building now forms one edge of a new and spacious external courtyard area which is criss-crossed by student pathways.
Speaking at the opening, Bill Rammell said:
Said Professor Monika Pruetzel-Thomas, Dean of ALSS:
Vice Chancellor Professor David Tidmarsh concluded:
The removal of the car parking area within the campus has seen the University take a positive lead in helping with the move towards a more sustainable transport policy for Cambridge.
Anglia Ruskin University will be investing £55m in its dual campus infrastructure over the next few years. The university has 28,000 students spread across its two campus locations - at Cambridge and Chelmsford - and among its various regional partner colleges.