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First cut made towards new arts build

Work on a new £8m home for the Faculty of Arts at the University of St Andrews was launched this week with a traditional turf- cutting ceremony.

The first piece of turf was cut jointly by the University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Dr Brian Lang and David Downie, Regional Director of building contractors Morrison Construction. Morrison is also the builder behind the University’s £27.8 million state- of-the-art student residence development at David Russell Hall.

The new four-storey build – scheduled to be completed by summer next year – will provide state-of-the-art lecture theatres, tutorial rooms and offices for 974 Arts-related students and staff. The 33,000 square feet building will be situated behind the University’s main Library.

To be constructed from glass, zinc and stone, the building has been designed with the historic setting in mind, while meeting the modern needs of a 21st century university.

The L-shaped building will be divided into 3 sections, with the east wing housing the University’s School of International Relations, including the world-leading Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV). The further two sections will provide space for arts-related research centres and nine state-of-the-art teaching rooms.

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