The last several years have seen major capital investment at St Mary's, including new residential accommodation and classroom refurbishments, as well as upgrades to the i-learn Café and IT and Library Resources department.
Additionally, the Dol.che Vita coffee bar opened in 2006 and the
£4million refectory and conference centre was completed in 2008.
In September 2015 the Naylor Library opened on Waldegrave Road, a five minute walk from the main Strawberry Hill campus. The library has a mixture of individual and joint study spaces and Wi-Fi access is available throughout.
In total the facility has 31 Apple iMacs and 48 borrowable laptops, in addition to the 33,000 books in the Library’s collection.
The library, that is a result of a £6 million investment, also has an on-site café.
This £250,000 state-of-the-art Strength and Conditioning facility opened in November 2014. The Performance Education Centre is frequently used by elite sportspeople including Jo Pavey, Joey Barton and Andy Vernon.
The ‘PEC’ incorporates a combination of both specialist training and laboratory equipment to enhance teaching and service delivery in the areas of strength and conditioning, rehabilitation and health related exercise.
In 2014 £350,000 was invested in the University’s TV studio to redevelop it into a state-of-the-art multi-purpose production facility.
The studio now includes industry standard film, television and audio production facilitates and a brand new AppleMac Pro computer suite. This new Mac suite is available for students to work in 24 hours a day.
In October 2011, our £8.5 million sports facility project was completed, creating a single centre by linking the new facility to the existing games hall and original 1960s sports block, which was refurbished at the same time.
In addition to giving a huge boost to sport at the University it also facilitates the work of academic courses in sport, health and physical education, as well as enabling St Mary’s to do even more for the external community though a number of partnerships.
The Strawberry Hill Trust completed restoration works in late 2010 to restore Strawberry Hill House to its original design, and final landscaping work continued into early 2013. The House is now fully open for tours.
The adjacent Waldegrave Suite also
underwent redecoration and the stonework in the Waldegrave wing was renovated.
The N Block Lecture Theatre opened in Spring 2010 and has a seating capacity of up to 110. It was the final phase of the Refectory project, which saw the former kitchen and stores being converted for teaching and office purposes.
As part of this project, new office space was created that underwent further modification to provide a much needed central location for the Registry Department.
The new suite provides office space as well as dedicated reception areas and separate interview room. The building also benefitted from the introduction of energy reduction to heating and improved thermal insulation. Lighting was also fitted with movement sensors to reduce waste and treated glazing used to reduce heat loss.
Externally, the suite has a disabled access ramp and canopy to offer protection during poor weather, as well as landscaping to the newly created courtyard.
The N Block conversion also features fifteen desk spaces in three open plan offices around the lecture theatre. The teaching space comprises a combination of fixed and retractable lecture hall seating enabling flexibility of use.
Various improvements have been under way across the campus that have seen many of the older halogen lamps removed and replaced with low energy and more efficient lighting systems. Where new pathways have been created the lighting has now been extended to these areas.
Internal corridor and room lighting were also improved to incorporate movement detectors and low energy lighting units as part of the University's commitment to carbon reduction.
We have renovated the chapel window surrounds and decorative water outlets.
In partnership and with significant funding from the Local Authority, the Teddington Lock all-weather pitch was replaced as part of a project that was to include the installation of floodlighting. Following submission to the internal University investment fund, Sport St Mary's was granted funds to progress this element of the project to completion. Following consultation and various meetings with designers and the Local Authority, full planning application was approved.
The pavilion building has been re-roofed and decorated and a localised heating system has been installed .
Following the roof renewal, we are now completing the second phase of repairs and decorations to these facilities.