Project information

The Bournemouth Gateway Building

Providing a new home for our highly regarded Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, and a striking visual gateway to our Lansdowne Campus.

July 2017 - September 2019

Charity information: Bournemouth University

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  • Need


    BU’s Health & Social Sciences (HSS) courses are currently being undertaken in buildings which are not designed for specialist use, poor quality, and which do not reflect the high standard of our teaching.

    There is also a national shortage of trained medical staff, meaning that NHS trusts all over the country are in desperate need - 74% of NHS trusts in England and Wales are having to recruit from overseas to fill gaps.


    The Bournemouth Gateway Building will provide a purpose-built home for the Faculty, consolidating all teaching and research in one hub. It has been designed specifically to meet the specialist needs of Faculty students and staff, and includes state-of-the-art facilities.

    The development will provide a highly attractive option for prospective students, and aims to help address the UK shortage of trained medical staff.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improving the experience of our HSS students through provision of new facilities.


    » Inclusion of state-of-the art facilities and equipment such as a trainee operating theatre, acute ward, and clinical skills laboratories.

    What success will look like

    This will be measured using statistics from the 2021 National Student Survey (i.e. once students and staff have fully settled into the new building).

    Aim 2

    Further increase the employability of HSS students once they have graduated.


    » Employability of HSS graduates is already very high but the provision of new facilities with the latest equipment aims to increase this further.

    What success will look like

    Measurement of the number of HSS graduates in work or full-time education after six months using the annual Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

    Aim 3

    Faculty modernisation and consolidation.


    » The building will provide a much needed modernisation of Faculty premises, allowing BU to match our teaching with world-class facilities.

    What success will look like

    The closure of existing faculty buildings will occur once the new facilities are complete, thus all faculty teaching and research will occur in a single, modern, building.

  • Impact


    The Bournemouth Gateway Building will not only provide long lasting benefits for the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, but forms an important part of the redevelopment of our Lansdowne Campus, and the wider Lansdowne area.

    The development includes a number of open, landscaped areas which will improve pedestrian and cyclist access throughout the Lansdowne area. Access to public transport will be improved and BU is partnering with the council to invest in CCTV for the area.


    The development is part of BU's wider Estates Development Framework which fully assesses the risks and benefits of delivering university capital projects - the Framework has already successfully delivered two university buildings. The Bournemouth Gateway Building has received planning permission and contractors have been sourced using EU compliant tender processes.


    Donors will receive personalised reports and other bespoke communications about the progress of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £42,500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £42,500,000 Bournemouth Gateway Building Full project costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    BU reserves/loans £40,500,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Lansdowne Campus is a few minutes' walk away from Bournemouth town centre. It's home to our Faculty of Health & Social Sciences and our Executive Business Centre.

    The Faculty has a proven track record of excellent teaching and learning, and is a major education provider for healthcare workers nationally. It offers over 90 courses in disciplines including mental health nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social work.


    The development will benefit HSS students hugely, giving them purpose-built premises to meet their needs and helping ensure their success after university. As such the building represents a major investment by BU in the future of the UK healthcare sector.

    The Lansdowne area will also benefit greatly from the project, through elements such as attractive landscaping, better pedestrian access and investment in CCTV.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a successful and innovative university with four academic Faculties and an international reputation for subjects as diverse as nursing, nutrition, marine archaeology and computer animation.

    Our Faculty of Health & Social Sciences is a major education provider for healthcare workers nationally. Our courses are specially designed to prepare students for success in the workplace and we work in close partnership with over one third of Local Health Authorities in England.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Jim Andrews

    Chief Operating Officer, Bournemouth University.

    Mr Stuart Laird

    Director of Estates, Bournemouth University.

These new facilities will support BU’s success in producing highly employable graduates and world leading research that is recognised across the world.

Jim Andrews, Chief Operating Officer