Ambitious regeneration earns University top award nomination19 March 2010
An ambitious estates regeneration strategy has led to a prestigious award nomination for Nottingham Trent University in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2010.
The University has been short listed for Outstanding Estates Team following a long-term investment strategy which has transformed its estate.
Over the past three years, the estates management team have led a £90 million regeneration of two Grade II* listed buildings at the heart of the city centre campus; Newton and Arkwright. The project includes substantial refurbishment throughout and major construction of an ultra modern central court building to link Newton with Arkwright and marry the old with the new.
Further estate developments include the opening of a brand new, state-of the-art Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism and the completion of four new buildings at the University's Clifton Campus; two of which involve prestigious partnerships with the Anthony Nolan Trust and the van Geest Foundation. The other projects include a Biomedical Research Centre, the largest observatory in the East Midlands and a science based teaching and learning facility with links to local Schools (CELS). Clifton Campus' Sports Hall is also undergoing a major extension and a new student residence complex has been granted planning permission.
Ranked as the most environmentally friendly university in the country, the estates team also works to ensure that creating and maintaining an environmental and sustainable campus is high on the University's agenda.
Nottingham Trent University's director of estates and resources, Ged O'Donoghue, said: "The University's estate has been transformed over the last few years and we now boast some fantastic buildings, complete with inspirational teaching and learning environments. In particular, our Newton and Arkwright project has restored two of the city's most significant buildings to their former glory and created a striking front door to the University."
At last year's awards, Nottingham Trent University took away the Outstanding University Fundraising Team accolade.