Language Centre transformation translates into impressive new facilities
Colleagues can learn more about the Language Centre’s impressive new facilities during an open day in the refurbished premises next week.
Views down the corridor are now uninterrupted and make a significant difference to the circulation spaces
Staff and students have moved back home into Parkinson after a 15-month construction project to transform facilities in the iconic building.
Refurbishment of levels two and three provide a high quality environment for learning and teaching, including the Centres area for independent language learning, which is available to all staff and students.
And colleagues can experience the improvements first hand during the open day events on Wednesday 22 January.
Informal drop-in sessions will be held from 8.30am together with several workshops where you can:
- find out more about why our work is important to the University
- tap into the Centres expertise on admissions and support for international students
- learn from experts about how to pronounce Chinese names; and
- discuss how the Centres staff can work with you to remove barriers to learning for your international students.
Sign up to attend morning and afternoon workshops via Eventbrite or contact June Parsons, PA to the Language Centres Executive Director, Yolanda Cerda, via email or on 0113 343 3774 for further information.
Inclusion of large glazed screens allow views into teaching spaces and offices, which creates a clearer and brighter environment, whilst also aiding wayfinding and collaboration
The refurbishment project has been designed to maximise space while highlighting key features of this historic building, also retaining the Centre as a key gateway to the University for many international students.
New facilities provide a modern and attractive learning environment.
The third floor is now exclusively for Language Centre colleagues and comprises office and meeting space, while the second floor has been reconfigured to be student facing, including:
- a new Language Centre reception and Student Support Office
- a reconfigured Language Zone entrance
- five rooms for small group teaching, complete with lecture capture facilities; and
- three technology enhanced rooms for innovation in language teaching.
Rupert Herington, Deputy Director, Language Centre, said: After 15 months elsewhere on campus, we are very pleased to be back in the Parkinson building and very happy with how the two floors have been transformed.
New breakout areas and private seating booths allow for group or individual study
Other features of the development include:
- refurbished common and pastoral areas
- improved signage throughout the Centre
- new breakout areas and private seating booths for group or individual study
- additional meeting and consultation rooms
- new staff facilities, including kitchen areas and breakout space; and
- improved lighting and ventilation to provide a more comfortable and energy-efficient environment.
Penny Tiffney, Senior Interior Architectural Designer in Estates, said: The success of the completed scheme is a direct result of a collaboration and frequent communication between the Estates team, our consultants, the contractor and the stakeholders. The focus was on the details and that is evident in the elegance of the completed scheme.
The existing structure, with its heavy masonry brickwork, initially offered its challenges, but our design consultants, Associated Architects, worked with the structural grid to create new spaces that complemented the rhythm of this Grade II listed building.
The essence of the specified interior finishes was to complement the original aesthetics. The original parquet, walnut doors and brass ironmongery were restored, in part, or recreated to match existing. And the new colour palette was subtle and muted, so as not to detract from original architectural features.
Visit the Campus Developments webpages to see further photos of the Language Centre and to read about other campus projects.
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