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 Issue 139, 31 March 2004
£76m centre for clinical imaging«
Tribute to miracle miler Sir Roger«
Harriet’s prime howler!«
International student awards«
Making a grand entrance«
Lowering blood pressure«
It’s a bug’s life«
Will powers IC Trust«
We’re on the map«
Britain the ‘tobacco control time-warp’«
Cutting carbon emissions«
When too much competition can prove unhelpful…«
Emotional intelligence scrutinised«
Move to new headquarters«
Staff Pay and Grading update«
An international night to remember«
Water way to make a splash at College…«
Science soirée at Silwood«
Snap happy…«
In Brief«
Media Spotlight«
What’s on«

Move to new headquarters

by Tanya Reed

THE move to the Faculty Building next month, heralds the rector’s aim for staff to ‘work better together’.

image: the building's interior
The faculty Building nears completion

Sir Richard Sykes envisaged the move to the new building as a way of providing greater strategic focus and improved communication between faculty and support services, following the management board’s decision to bring together academic and support service management.

The Faculty Building will become the College’s new headquarters at South Kensington campus.

The move will take place in four phases beginning 21 April. It will be completed by the first week of May and an official opening ceremony will take place on 17 May.

The building has been in construction for just over a year, anad is being handed over on time.

David Rosenberg, Foster and Partners architect for the project said: “The Faculty Building has provided a fantastic challenge to design an exciting and functional building at the heart of Imperial’s campus in what was an unsightly car park.

“It has given us the chance to create a dynamic link across campus between the new College entrance and walkway and the Queen’s Lawn.”

Sir Richard Sykes added: “I’m delighted that we will finally have the chance to bring people together in this way.

“The new building will be a focus for many of the things we are trying to achieve, particularly better cooperation between the various parts of the College.

“It’s a great opportunity to get some energy and new ideas buzzing.”

Those transferring to the Faculty Building include staff in central strategic roles and support staff who service faculties.

Staff in divisions which deal primarily with students or with a number of faculties, will remain in the Sherfield Building in the short term.

Staff in similar groups elsewhere on the South Kensington campus will also remain in their current locations.

A project team, reporting to the operations committee, will consider medium to long-term plans for the Sherfield Building.

These include providing fit-for-purpose facilities for shared service support staff to ensure that space is made available for academic expansion.

It will also consider providing temporary accommodation to allow for redevelopment of the South Kensington campus, including the vacation of Southside to allow for the redevelopment of student residences.

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