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Arne House

BU is proposing to construct Arne House at the south-eastern end of Talbot Campus, next to the current construction site for the new Poole Gateway Building. The building will provide teaching and staff facilities for the Faculty of Science and Technology, including computing and psychology labs, staff offices, a new lecture theatre, seminar rooms and specialist research facilities to support the BU2025 strategic investment areas.  

This new building will underpin our commitment to teaching and research in key Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) areas, such as creative technologies, computing and informatics, and psychology. It will support BU in developing our strategic academic investment areas through the provision of flexible and specialist laboratory and workshop facilities, helping to ensure that our buildings and facilities support the very best in education and research.  

Arne House is also integral to the wider estate planning, not only providing new facilities for staff and students, but also releasing space elsewhere at Talbot Campus. This will enable us to bring disciplines together which are currently split across Talbot and Lansdowne campuses, enhancing the experience for our students and staff.

Arne House forms part of BU’s estates development plan, which was revised in 2018 to support the realisation of our corporate strategy and vision, BU2025.

How big will the building be?

Arne House will be approximately 7,500sqm and five storeys high (ground plus four upper floors). It will be similar in size and volume to the neighbouring Poole Gateway Building.

Will the building have any impact on local residents?

The scheme will be designed to minimise any impact on surrounding properties around Gillett Road. There is also a row of mature trees which will help to screen the building.

Is any planting/landscaping planned?

The building will be surrounded by soft and hard landscaping, including planting. The landscaping design is in development and will be agreed with the local planning authority.   

Will the public have access to the new building?

BU’s campus is accessible to the public with the exception of specialist and staff facilities. Members of the public are welcome to use our facilities such as our cafes and gym.

Does this mean the expansion of BU’s Talbot Campus?

This development will result in an increase in teaching, research and collaborative spaces on campus. It is taking place on land which is already in BU’s possession, so does not represent expansion beyond the current campus boundaries.

When will work start?

Construction is planned to start in spring 2020 with a target date of the building being operational by autumn 2022.

Will people have a chance to have their say?

Yes, BU held a public exhibition on Wednesday 12th June 2019, from 4pm to 8pm in Talbot House on the Talbot Campus and local residents were invited to attend. The wider community will have the opportunity to make comments during the statutory planning application process.

How will BU mitigate any impact on the environment?

BU sets high standards for sustainability and is committed to achieving an ‘Excellent’ rating for all new building projects according to the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). This development will include renewable energy systems such as photovoltaic (solar) panels and highly efficient heating and cooling systems.