From new campus accommodation and a unique waterfront diving centre to a £7m performing arts building and unrivalled wave tank testing facilities – we’re proud of the ongoing developments that build on our standing as a first choice university.
Marine Station and Coxside Waterfront
A landmark £4.65m sustainable teaching and research facility on the shores of Plymouth Sound between the National Marine Aquarium and Queen Anne’s Battery. The Marine Station is due to open at the end of 2014 as the University’s base for marine expeditions including a wet lab, seawater aquarium and academic diving centre.
Unveiled in September 2014, The House is our new £7m performing arts centre. The embodiment of Plymouth's growing reputation for artistic innovation and excellence, it’s also a great example of best practice in sustainable building design and will create outstanding student and community opportunities.
Opened in October 2012, our £19m Marine Building is an unmatched facility where we can create waves more than one metre high, exchange knowledge for business innovation and growth, create renewable energy solutions and help the world adapt to climate change. It’s home to the Coastal Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratories, the Marine Navigation Centre, the Marine Innovation Centre and our multidisciplinary Marine Institute. Features that make use of solar gain, natural ventilation and rainwater harvesting are all integrated into the design.
Heralding the next phase in our ongoing long-term campus investment, which so far totals over £300m, the University is working with accommodation provider, University Partnerships Programme to create an additional 800 student bedrooms on campus, available from September 2014.
Completed in 2008, the Rolle Building development to the west of the campus provides quality academic space and purpose-built facilities for the Plymouth Institute of Education. It also brought about 500 new student bedrooms in the Francis Drake Halls of Residence, a café and refurbishment of the existing Mary Newman building.
Roland Levinsky Building
In 2007, our prestigious flagship Roland Levinsky building welcomed students, staff and visitors inside for the first time. With forward-looking teaching spaces, a new home for the Faculty of Arts, the University's student information gateway and Peninsula Arts, it’s a striking focal point for the University and city alike. Facilities include a cinema, lecture theatres, a gallery, restaurant, office space, general teaching areas, incubation space and facilities for graphics, fine arts, 3D design, and architecture.
The 12,711m2 building was part-funded by the EC's European Regional Development Fund and South West Regional Development Agency. Concept designers for the project were Danish architects, Henning Larsens Tegnestue, based in Copenhagen. Executive architects were Building Design Partnership, from the practice's Bristol office, who progressed the concept design through to completion.