The £3.8 million pound investment of Kimmeridge House seems to be paying off as students revel in the advanced projection and sound system which feature in the newest and largest lecture theatre on campus.
Students have commented on how the spacious layout of the largest room, consisting of 308 seats, has helped them to concentrate in lectures. In a survey, the majority of Bournemouth University students used the words “comfortable” and “spacious” to describe their experience. Kimmeridge House, which opened for lectures in January, has provided the students with three more lecture theatres and flexible sized seminar rooms. Head of Student Services, Mandi Barron says the building has significantly increased capacity which was “much needed”.
The students are also benefiting from the excellent surround sound system and high specification digital projection. Head of Estate Management, Keith Bowes says the aim of the development “was to give better facilities to our students”. This has been achieved as students admit the 70 speakers and 15-foot wide high definition screen has made their lectures a more exciting and enjoyable experience.
Last year, disgruntled students voiced their displeasure regarding the 12 month construction that disrupted their lectures to the Student Union. However, now there seems to be a change of heart as the majority of students have said the development was worth both the time and money. Media student Nicola Barnes says: “every building should look this stylish to modernise the university!”
It is not just students that are benefiting, but the modernity is also enhancing the appeal of Bournemouth University. The demand of such technology will inevitably open up opportunities of hosting non-academic activities in Kimmeridge House. Mandi adds: “the sound system is state of the art” and is “suitable for concerts and other events where excellent sound quality is essential.”
With the exception of minor complaints from the students about the building being cold and some dislike for the tables, Kimmeridge House is given the thumbs up. The “state of the art” facilities are set to attract some enthusiasm from future students.