Formal opening of the Priory Square Building
Left to right: Lord John Mogg, Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex Peter Field, and Professor Julian Crampton
On Monday 2 December, the Lord Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex, Peter Field, formally opened the university’s second academic building in Hastings.
The new six-floor, 3,770m2 university building was completed in 2012. The impressive, twenty-first century learning environment features state-of-the-art laboratories, social spaces and a large central atrium.
Many of the campuses key services, such as student support, accommodation services and the Students’ Union have relocated to the building, and student facilities such as the Café in Haste, fitness equipment and computing suites can be found here.
The building faces onto the new Priory Quarter, and features wall to floor glass in front facing rooms, complete with designs echoing the local history of the Battle of Hastings.
As well as developing the University’s presence in the town, the £7.5m building also represents a significant new element in the on-going physical and economic regeneration of Hastings town centre.
Mr Field said: “I have watched the University of Brighton in Hastings develop over the last 10 years. It is exciting to see what universities should be doing – going where they are needed.”
Professor Stuart Laing, the university’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said “Demand for courses is high and the university has given local people opportunities that they wouldn’t have seen before. Our courses are also attracting the brightest and the best to Hastings.
“We have a successful cluster of courses. For example, around media production. Hastings now has a significant reputation which has brought students into the town. The new £7.5m Priory Square building which features state-of-the-art laboratories and social spaces will help meet the increased demand for student places.”
Those attending the ceremony included Hastings Councillor Jeremy Birch, John Shaw, the Chief Executive of Sea Change Sussex, and the Mayor of Hastings, Councillor Alan Roberts.