As the landmark building at the heart of the University, Central Hall is undergoing a series of refurbishments to provide an up-to-date, multi-use space.
A large part of our west campus recently gained listed building or registered parkland status. Central Hall was included in this. It has meant that any changes we make have to meet different criteria that we initially thought.
We are currently working at installing new seating across the whole auditorium, including providing more accessible spaces. This should be completed after graduation this summer 2020 to minimise disruption.
Following this and building on recent works, plans are being developed to improve the outdoor area around Central Hall. This will ensure the creation of exciting, functional spaces both internally and externally.
A large scale, phased refurbishment of the University’s iconic Central Hall building. A large portion of this work has already taken place including:
- A major overhaul of the reception/ground floor area
- Fire safety works
- Refurbishment of the upper floor rehearsal/dressing rooms
- Full refurbishment or replacement of electrical and mechanical systems including improved climate conditions.
- New AV systems have been installed throughout with state of the art, energy efficient lighting and sound. These systems are fully integrated through the IT network allowing flexible control from multiple locations within the building.
- New windows
Work began in 2017 with the works phased over a number of years to ensure that the building can re-open for major events such open days and graduation. This minimises the impact on our students, staff and visitors.
The work is needed to make sure that systems in the building are up to current standards, including improvements to fire safety.
The facilities will be brought up to date to improve the offering for a wide range of users including improving accessibility.
- The project will ensure that the University’s flagship building will be fit for purpose for many years to come.
- The auditorium will be tailored to allow teaching of large cohorts of up to 500 students.
- More student events and performances will be able to take place in the building and both audiences and performers will be able to be accommodated much more comfortably.
- The space will remain very flexible ensuring a wide range of uses.
- The refurbishment will enhance major University events such as Graduation and Open Days.
- Improve accessibility.
How will this affect me?
As the project is on such a large scale, Central Hall will be completely closed during each phase to ensure safe working and so that the project can meet the necessary deadlines for re-opening.
There may be occasions where routes around Central Hall have to be closed and re-routed but we will always keep these to a minimum and communicate any changes in advance.