£18m building open for business at Middlesex

Middlesex University opened its newest teaching facilities at the Ritterman building at a recent celebration event

The £18m Ritterman building on the University’s campus in Hendon, north London successfully completed on budget and schedule ahead of the 2016/2017 academic year.   

(From l-r): Professor Tim Blackman, Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor and Graham Wilson, Director, bpr Architects 

The Ritterman Building, which was developed over three years in partnership with 12 contractors across multiple sectors, was officially handed over to the University on 2 August ahead of the event marking the successful collaboration and including tours of the cutting-edge facilities.

The new building is named after the University’s Chancellor, Dame Janet Ritterman, a distinguished academic and musician with a global reputation for championing the arts.

The building boasts a number of innovations, including a 110 sq m living wall, and opens up 3,300 sq m of additional teaching space for the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, with specialist areas including science labs and a large dance studio.

Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Blackman, said: “The Ritterman Building means that Middlesex continues to provide our students with a world-class learning environment equipped with the latest facilities and technology.

“The University is committed to an outstanding student experience. Since 2000 alone we have invested over £200m into Hendon to create one of the best campuses in London and continue our reputation among employers for graduates taught in industry-standard settings with the skills they need.

“Given that these magnificent new facilities will be for creative arts as well as science students, it is fitting that this building be named after Middlesex University’s Chancellor, Dame Janet Ritterman, who has done so much to champion the arts and our university.”

The Ritterman Building has an environmentally-friendly, bio-diverse green living roof, solar panels to generate electricity and energy efficient lighting controls. Its living wall has more than 3,500 plants which are in place to save and recycle water.

The project featured companies coming together to work in partnership to deliver the project on time and within budget. bpr architects designed the building and worked with Interserve construction to carry out the building work. Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design was the planning consultant. bpr Architects incorporated sustainable technologies such as living walls irrigated by rain water harvesting, while the overall design features innovative learning opportunities within the fabric of the building. 

bpr Architects incorporated sustainable technologies such as living walls irrigated by rain water harvesting, while the overall design features innovative learning opportunities within the fabric of the building. 

Sweett Group provided quantity surveying and employer’s agent services to the University on the Ritterman Building. The team worked closely with the University and the wider project team to ensure this new build five-storey sustainable building was delivered on programme and within budget. Sweett Group has worked with Middlesex University since 2006, delivering over 40 projects across its estate, most notably, The Grove, and Hatchcroft.