Pictures of the Duke of Edinburgh at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 17:03 03 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:29 03 November 2016

The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire the Countess of Verulam escorts Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh in to the opening of the new science building at the University of Hertfordshire.

The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire the Countess of Verulam escorts Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh in to the opening of the new science building at the University of Hertfordshire.

Danny Loo Photography 2016

HRH the Duke of Edinburgh opened the new science building at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield today.

The Duke of Edinburgh unveiled a new science building at the university’s College Lane campus in Hatfield.

The £50million project brings together all of the university’s science facilities in one place and creates a modern teaching and laboratory space for students and staff.

His Royal Highness toured the building with guests including the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, the Countess of Verulam and Lord Salisbury, chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire.

The new £50m building houses laboratories, cutting-edge research technology and areas for informal learning and socialising. The project is a key milestone of the University’s 2020 vision and transformation of the College Lane campus.

As well as meeting the building’s architects Sheppard Robson, construction and project managers Turner & Townsend and contractor Bouygues, The Duke had the opportunity to observe research projects taking place in the new building and visit the state-of-the-art new Simulation Suite which incorporates a simulation pharmacy and clinical environment and enables the university to train students for careers in Nursing and Midwifery, Paramedic Sciences, Pharmacy, Optometry and Postgraduate Medicine.

His Royal Highness was also joined by Mr Stelio Stefanou the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, representatives from Hertfordshire County Council, Hatfield Town Council and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, MP Grant Shapps and Chief Constable Charlie Hall, Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Professor Quintin McKellar, vice-chancellor at the University said: “We are delighted that His Royal Highness came to visit the University today and opened our fantastic new science building at the College Lane Campus.

“The building marks another great development of the campus and will give students and staff a state-of-the-art space for research and learning.”

The University received significant funding for the construction of the new building from Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Graham Lane, Hertfordshire LEP Board Member and SME Business Representative, said: “We are delighted to have played a role in this exciting new phase of development by securing £2.5m Growth Deal funding to establish the Knowledge and Science Innovation Hub.

“This will be housed within the newly completed Science Block and will provide much needed developmental research services to support Hertfordshire’s burgeoning pharmaceutical, bio-technology and agri-technology sectors.

“Its function will be pivotal in supporting the transfer of knowledge from academic research to help SMEs develop new products and will strengthen further our considerable science assets.”

The University has a longstanding relationship with The Duke of Edinburgh and this has been his fourth visit to the Hatfield-based campus.

His Royal Highness first visited in 1952 to open Hatfield Technical College, when the University had just over 1,700 students enrolled. The stone plaque which The Duke unveiled can still be seen in the Chapman Gallery on the College Lane campus.

HRH visited for a second time in July 1997 to unveil a bronze statue of Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, again at the College Lane Campus. This event was also attended by actress Olivia de Havilland, a cousin of Sir Geoffrey, and there was a fly past of forty de Havilland aircraft in tribute to Sir Geoffrey.

In 2003, The Duke visited again to open the new de Havilland campus.

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