Uni work starts

New li­brary and stu­dent ser­vices cen­tre on way

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

WORK has started on build­ing a new li­brary at the Royal Hol­loway, Univer­sity of Lon­don.

A cer­e­mony marked the start of build­ing work of a new li­brary and stu­dent ser­vices cen­tre at the Egham Hill­based univer­sity.

Royal Hol­loway prin­ci­pal Pro­fes­sor Paul Layzell was there, along with mem­bers of the col­lege coun­cil, staff, stu­dents and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of project con­trac­tor, Os­borne.

Pro­fes­sor Layzell said: “This new build­ing will have a real im­pact on staff and stu­dents, pro­vid­ing great fa­cil­i­ties such as 1,200 study spa­ces and also bring­ing our ca­reers and stu­dent ser­vices to­gether right at the heart of our cam­pus.

“Thanks must go to ev­ery­one who has worked hard and con­trib­uted.”

Af­ter be­ing pre­sented with a cer­e­mo­nial shovel from Os­borne, Pro­fes­sor Layzell climbed into the cab of an ex­ca­va­tor and pulled a lever to of­fi­cially break ground on the new build­ing.

Stu­dents’ Union pres­i­dent Nayab Cheema said: “This is such an ex­cit­ing time. The new build­ing will rev­o­lu­tionise the way ser­vices are of­fered to stu­dents.”

The li­brary and cen­tre is part of the col­lege’s wider es­tate plan for a ‘21st cen­tury cam­pus’.

An­drew Os­borne, chair­man of Os­borne, said he was proud of his firm’s in­volve­ment in the project.

Pic­ture: Gra­ham Copeland-Cale

Stephen Cox, chair­man of the col­lege coun­cil, stu­dent union pres­i­dent Nayab Cheema, Royal Hol­loway prin­ci­pal Paul Layzell, and An­drew Os­borne, chair­man of Os­borne.

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