Second phase development plans for UCS unveiled Tuesday at new £31 million Waterfront Building
Turner and Townsend, who led the team for the Waterfront Building with RMJM as lead consultant and architect, revealed the blueprints for phase two of University Campus Suffolk on Tuesday at a special event at one of the new campus buildings.
University Quay, which sits 300m south of the first phase building, comprises three elements which will be constructed over the next three to five years; including two student residences and an academic building. The first block of residences will consist of 600 student apartments, retail units and a UCS managed car park with 100 spaces.
Construction started at the beginning of January 2009 and Watkin Jones Group is developing this element of the work. Meanwhile, the first module of the new academic building will be completed in September 2010, to provide state-of-the-art accommodation for the Faculty of Health, Wellbeing and Science, as well as an innovative ‘iLab’, general teaching and study space and Student Union facilities. Future modules are planned to include extensive library and learning resources, plus general teaching, specialist and further student facilities.
The second tranche of development at UCS also consists of refurbishment work to the existing Campus North accommodation. Changes planned for Campus North will entail a number of measured improvements, with a refurbishment programme planned to commence once Suffolk New College has moved into their new further education building. This is anticipated to happen in Autumn 2009.
Peter Williams, Project Director at RMJM said: “After the immense success of the Waterfront Building at UCS, we are delighted to have unveiled our approved plans for the future growth of UCS. Phase One set the standard for construction in the area and revealed the future shape of student life in Ipswich. We are confident that the buildings designed for University Quays, and earmarked for refurbishment at Campus North, will raise the bar even further.”