STEM Building Reaches Completion

Celebrations have taken place this week at the University of Derby’s new £12.5 million STEM building following completion on site by contractor Willmott Dixon.

The new building focuses on real-world learning, combining functional space with infrastructure designed for the specific needs of engineering and computing studies.

The STEM building has increased the size of the university’s existing site at Markeaton Street by 30 percent, creating much-needed space on the campus.

Hari Punchihewa, deputy chief executive and finance director at the University of Derby, said: “We are thrilled that the work on our STEM facility by Willmott Dixon is complete.

“It is an outstanding centre, setting the University of Derby apart from other institutions, and an environment which will allow our students to gain first-class academic knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and also to carry out research work using state-of- the-art equipment and laboratories.

“We look forward to being able to use the building and sharing the facility with current and prospective students”.

Chris Hufford, operations director at Willmott Dixon, said: “We are extremely proud to have been part of this project which has transformed the University of Derby’s campus and enhanced its teaching facilities. The new STEM building is a great example of our commitment to BIM and its multitude of benefits, utilising BIM helped our teams to work strategically throughout the construction process and achieve a high-quality finish we are proud of”.

The new STEM building has been constructed to Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) “Very Good” standards.