Sir Digby Jones opens £8m Tindal Building

Published: 19 December 2005 at 15:36

New Rivermead Campus facilities welcomed by the 'voice of business'.

Sir Digby Jones, Director General of the CBI, has performed the official opening of the new Tindal Building on the fast-expanding Rivermead Campus in Chelmsford. The Tindal Building is home of the Students' Union, Student Support Services, Student Bar and Restaurant and administration offices.

He was invited by Anglia Ruskin University's Vice Chancellor, Professor David Tidmarsh, to perform the opening ceremony after a tour of the just completed building named after Judge Nicholas Tindal. The opening represents the latest phase in the expansion of the Rivermead campus. It follows on from the recent opening of the Michael A Ashcroft Building, which houses the University's Ashcroft International Business School, and it precedes the opening of the new Mildmay Sports Hall which is the next building along the new line of the development.

Speaking at the opening, Sir Digby Jones said:

"As a country, to win in business we need better skilled people. Universities provide us with these people and the more we can invest in teaching and learning facilities around the country, the more everyone will benefit. This is an excellent new building for students; in fact, it is a palace in terms of its suitability for the job.”

"Higher Education has moved up the priority list of the country and this is excellent news. I expect to see increasing links between universities and businesses in future - so much so that businesses will 'cluster' around universities as they are doing here in Essex."

Vice Chancellor, Professor David Tidmarsh added:

"'This outstanding new building represents yet another milestone in the redevelopment of the University's Rivermead campus. We are delighted to be able to offer our students this impressively upgraded range of facilities to enhance their learning experience during their time at Anglia Ruskin University.”

"While this redevelopment has resulted from our gradual move from our town centre campus, many of these new facilities are demonstrating the fact that we are growing in size to accommodate an increasing number of students. Our mission, in line with the Government's policy, is to extend higher education to the widest possible group of people and our commitment to new investment is designed to help achieve this aim."

The Tindal Building is a four storey construction which features catering facilities on the ground floor, Students' Union bar and administration offices on the first floor, Student Support Services on the second floor and the Vice Chancellor's office on the top floor. It is a 2500 sq.m. building which is clad with European Oak timber and features open plan working environments and natural ventilation.

The project team included architects Wilkinson Eyre, structural engineers WSP and construction company William Verry.

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.