University extension will offer unique learning experience to students

A sod cutting ceremony marked the start of the construction phase of a project to build a £9.5m extension at the Garthdee campus at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen.

RGU has appointed Kier Construction on the development to construct a south wing extension to the main Garthdee Campus, and work will focus on the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment.

The new 4,500sq m, five-level building will include studio spaces, workshops, IT rooms, staff work areas, meeting rooms and exhibition space.

Throughout the build process, Kier Construction will work together with the RGU student placement team to offer student undergraduates a unique learning experience. In particular, Kier will work closely with the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment to deliver a series of practical workshops and demonstrations that will give students insight into the process of constructing this striking building.

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal of RGU, said:

“Through this building, and through the new extension, RGU is making an important statement about the importance of the university to the Aberdeen community, and its ambition to be a leading university.

“The continuing development of our Garthdee campus will give our architecture and built environment students an outstanding educational environment. It will also bring them into closer contact with staff and students from different disciplines allowing them to benefit from working closely together than has previously been possible.”

Kier Construction, which has a base in Aberdeen, has worked on a large number of school, college and university developments across Scotland – most recently at Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen.

Sean O’Callaghan, Area Operations Director of Kier Construction, added:

“Kier is delighted to build this important extension to Robert Gordon University campus and importantly to offer students an exclusive learning experience throughout the build. We have a wealth of experience in the education sector so we are very well placed to deliver this innovative, flagship project.”