£120million redevelopment in Hatfield officially opens

PUBLISHED: 16:13 27 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:45 27 October 2016

University of Hertfordshire College lane Campus Halls of residency official opening event. Photography by Pete Stevens ©

University of Hertfordshire College lane Campus Halls of residency official opening event. Photography by Pete Stevens ©

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A £120m redevelopment in Hatfield was officially unveiled on Tuesday.

The £120m student accommodation at the University of Hertfordshire, in College Lane Campus, was officially opened on Tuesday, October 25.

The 3,000 bed student accommodation project, developed by Uliving and built by Bouygues UK, brings to a conclusion a three year £120m redevelopment plan and marks a significant milestone in the university’s Estates 2020 Vision and the transformation of the College Lane campus.

Dr Julia Schofield MBE, a leading technology consultant and champion for utilising technology to meet the needs of people with disabilities, opened the Schofield accommodation. Julia studied Computer Science at the university in the 1970s, the first blind female to do so.

Julia said: “I am lucky because my time here enabled me to get into a field I really wanted to work in. I was surprised to be asked and I am extremely honoured.”

Diane Maclean, sculptor and environmental artist, opened the Maclean accommodation. Diane studied Art and Design at the university in the 1980s and is a long-standing supporter of the university. Her stainless steel creation “The Mountain”, commissioned for the Natural History Museum, sits outside main reception.

Diane said “My degree here was amazingly inspirational. The university provided me with skills to embark on a career in sculpture which I am still doing today. I am extremely grateful and very proud to be part of the university.”

Mike Newton, a computer science graduate who has been a major contributor to the development of the computing industry, opened the Newton accommodation. Mike has worked with well-known companies such as Apple and Dell. He is an advocate for technology education and supports early career technologists.

He said: “I am honoured that the university has chosen to name their student accommodation after me. I have very fond memories of my time here.”

The residences were officially opened on the same day as the opening of The Oval and the Hutton Hub.

The Oval is a Centre providing sports and social facilities as well as an information point for students.

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