The Commons touch

Bath Spa University’s Commons building on its Newton Park campus has been shortlisted for a major industry award

Skanska’s construction of Bath Spa University’s new academic building has been shortlisted for Project of the Year (between £10m-£50m) at the Construction News Awards 2015. Known as Commons, the building opened in summer 2014. It has a range of facilities, including 1,800 sqm of teaching and learning space and a new digital studio and editing suites for media-related courses. It also includes a two-storey-high media wall as well as an outdoor amphitheatre, spaces for students to socialise and a café.

Professor Christina Slade, vice-chancellor at Bath Spa University, said: “I am delighted that Commons has been shortlisted for this award. The Commons building is a significant part of a long-term investment in the student experience at Bath Spa. The high-quality facilities provided by Commons help to ensure our graduates are well prepared to meet the needs of the growing creative industries as they go on to work across the creative economy, both in the UK and abroad.”

The Construction News Awards run annually to reward outstanding projects within the construction industry. The judging panel for this year’s entries consisted of 55 industry experts and the shortlisted entries now face a rigorous interview process.

Terry Elphick, Skanska managing director, said: “We’re very proud of the Commons building we have created for Bath Spa University. Our team has applied their many years of education-sector experience to deliver exceptional facilities. We have constructed a state-of-the-art learning environment while minimising disruption to staff and students. It’s great to receive this external recognition from these industry-recognised awards.”

The winners for the Construction News Awards 2015 will be announced on Tuesday 30 June at a black-tie event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

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