RLB attended a celebratory event on 5 September 2016, held by Middlesex University, to preview its newest teaching facilities.
The £18-million Ritterman Building on the university’s campus in Hendon, North London, has been successfully completed on budget and schedule, ahead of the 2016/2017 academic year.
From inception to installation
RLB has been involved in the Ritterman Building from inception to installation, acting as the client’s in-house project management team. This is part of the firm’s provision of on-going project management services to Middlesex University, to support its rolling multi-million pound campus investment program.
The Ritterman Building, which was developed over three years in partnership with 12 contractors across multiple sectors, was officially handed over to the university on 2 August.
The building boasts a number of innovations, including a 110 square-metre living wall, and opens up 3,300 square metres of additional teaching space for the Faculty of Science and Technology, and the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries. Specialist areas include state-of-the-art science labs and a large dance studio.
It is named after the Chancellor of Middlesex University, Dame Janet Ritterman, a distinguished academic and musician with a global reputation for championing the arts.
An outstanding student experience
Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Blackman, said: ‘The Ritterman Building means that Middlesex continues to provide our students with a world-class learning environment equipped with the latest facilities and technology.’
Professor Blackman added, ‘The university is committed to an outstanding student experience. Since 2000 alone we have invested over £200 million into Hendon, to create one of the best campuses in London and continue our reputation among employers for graduates taught in industry-standard settings with the skills they need.’
‘Given that these magnificent new facilities will be for creative arts as well as science students, it is fitting that this building be named after Middlesex University’s Chancellor, Dame Janet Ritterman, who has done so much to champion the arts and our university,’ he concluded.
The Ritterman Building has an environmentally-friendly, bio-diverse green living roof, solar panels to generate electricity, and energy efficient lighting controls. Its living wall has more than 3,500 plants, which are in place to save and recycle water.