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Bournemouth Gateway Building

The new Bournemouth Gateway Building will play a pivotal role in BU’s future development, especially in the field of healthcare, medical sciences and social care.

The building is planned to open during the summer of 2020, with full timetabled teaching activity starting in September 2020, and will be the new home for the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. Its 10,000 square metres of space will create a unified base for the faculty’s education, research and office activities, which are currently taking place across several buildings in the Lansdowne area. It will also be open and accessible to all BU students, staff and the community.

The Bournemouth Gateway Building will offer our students and staff the latest specialist equipment for their education and research. This will include simulation rooms such as:

  • A mock operating theatre
  • Wards, including an acute ward
  • A community flat for simulating residential scenarios
  • Maternity care
  • Other skills labs for physiotherapy, occupational therapy and paramedic (ambulance) simulation
  • It will also contain an MRI scanner, which will benefit not only our students, but will be used for the training of practitioners from local trusts throughout the region, as well as providing valuable research resources for projects that beneficially impact society and our community.

Alongside these facilities, there will be a lecture theatre, library and a range of study spaces for independent and collaborative working.

This exciting development at the university will bring together those working in research, education and practice in health and medical industries and social care services from 2020 and onwards into the future. Our partners in the local and wider areas for provision of Health & Social Care will work with us to ensure we are providing a future skilled professional workforce as well as leading research into areas that have societal impact and benefit across the full spectrum of health and social care through our centres of excellence in of orthopaedic research, medical sciences and imaging, midwifery, maternal and perinatal health, social care and ageing and dementia.

This interactive story shows how the building will look and includes a podcast discussing what the Bournemouth Gateway Building will offer both students and staff when it opens.

The Bournemouth Gateway Building forms part of BU’s estates development framework to ensure our buildings and facilities support the very best in education and research. The building is prominently situated next to the St Paul’s roundabout on the Wessex Way. This is a key location on the main route into Bournemouth and will provide a strong visual gateway to the Lansdowne Campus, providing a landmark entrance to the town.

At its highest, adjacent St. Paul’s Lane, it will be seven storeys tall and it will fan down to four storeys as it arcs around to Lansdowne Road. An attractive piazza will welcome students, staff and visitors to the site and there will be new pedestrian links through to other parts of the Lansdowne Campus with easy access to public transport. Outside terraces will provide a relaxing area with views across and beyond Bournemouth for staff, students and visitors.

The BGB is designed to be environmentally-friendly with a number of carbon-reduction measures and we are committed to achieving an ‘excellent’ rating for the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) certification.

As part of a joint planning approval, a separate student housing developer (Global Student Accommodation) is constructing a new hall of residence to accommodate 550 students on the site adjacent to Cranborne House and Chesil House. This will provide good quality, purpose-built student accommodation for first year and continuation students and help to relieve some of the student housing demands on the more residential areas in Bournemouth.

These two developments combined represent a massive investment into Bournemouth, further improving the student experience and the town as a whole.

Take a look at this short video which demonstrates how the Bournemouth Gateway Building will change the landscape of our Lansdowne site: