New Academic Building – Parking on Talbot Campus from 8 August

Work on BU’s flagship New Academic Building will be starting soon on Talbot Campus. The building, due to open in summer 2016, will host academic and support facilities, including seminar rooms, lecture theatres, break out space and catering facilities.

The building demonstrates our commitment to enhancing our Estate and creating a modern facility to benefit BU’s community for years to come.

For the duration of the construction works, some of your usual routes around campus will be affected:

  • From Monday 11 August, car park A (next to Weymouth House and the Sir Michael Cobham Library, now showing as building 24 on the map) will be closed and fencing will surround this area. Due to this closure, vehicles cannot be left in the car park from the evening of Friday 8 August.
  • From this date, students should use all other car parks – B to G and the Student Village. A traffic light system will be put in place from 11 August to help with the flow of traffic on campus. Students are asked to follow the control measures and signage around the area to help keep traffic moving.
  • The new car park H, built just to the south of the campus to replace all of the parking spaces lost, will open on Monday 1 September. Barrier controlled entry to car park H is necessary and will commence from 1 September. Barrier controlled entry to car parks B to E will be introduced in mid-September. Students who have not yet had their BU Smart card arranged should do so as soon as possible by contacting the Reception Team at Poole House or the Executive Business Centre.

Some disruption to vehicle movement on Talbot Campus is inevitable and all students should plan extra journey time. For safety reasons all instructions, including those from the parking attendants, should be followed. Where possible, you may wish to try alternative, sustainable modes of transport in line with the current Travel Plan.

If you require more information on how the construction works will affect Talbot Campus parking, please email For any other queries about the works for the Academic Building, please contact the Project Manager, Rob Lipcar.

New academic building to further enhance your learning experience at BU

bu-logoWe are delighted to announce that our plans to develop a new flagship academic building with state-of-the-art learning facilities have been given the go-ahead.

This is a major step towards achieving our aspiration to create world-class facilities for world-class performance – and improving the learning experience of current and future students.

Together with the new student centre, which is due to open next year, Talbot Campus is evolving into a greener and more user-friendly campus; and with the Bournemouth University International College building in Lansdowne which is also under construction, we are making significant progress towards our aspirations set out in BU2018.

This new academic building will provide an attractive landmark at the heart of the campus and, under one roof, will host academic and support facilities, including seminar rooms, lecture theatres, break out space and catering facilities.

It will mean we can vacate the temporary buildings currently in use and provide higher quality facilities for students.

Construction will get underway in the summer and is expected to take around 18 months to complete. We anticipate it will officially open in 2016.

The academic building will be constructed on an existing car park and to replace the lost parking spaces, a new landscaped car park will be provided just to the south of the campus, off Gillett Road.

A new mini link road will also be provided to connect Gillett Road to the campus.

The construction of the new car park will begin imminently and is expected to be completed by September.

More information and artist’s impressions of what the building will look like can be found at

Our estates team would be happy to answer any questions you may have so please contact them via

We will continue to keep you informed throughout the construction period.

Kind regards

Professor John Vinney                     Jim Andrews
Vice-Chancellor                                Chief Operating Officer