A new redevelopment project at a university in Buckinghamshire has been described as 'beautiful' and 'a lovely open space'.

Buckinghamshire New University put the finishing touches to its anticipated 'Dove' redevelopment project this week, with the opening of a light and airy Atrium space the cherry on top of a 'beautiful' additional facility in its High Wycombe campus grounds. 

The development, named in honour of Dame Frances Dove, the women's rights campaigner and founder of Wycombe Abbey, is part of a multi-million pound university investment throughout 2023, also directed towards the curation of sustainable green spaces on campus.

Alongside the Atrium, the Dove project includes a Refectory, a Student Hub and both a Winter and Roof Garden, as well as the 'Beeches' cafe, a nod to the forestry surrounding the university and its furnishing of classic Windsor chairs. 

The Dove facilities will also cater to public use, with the Winter Garden playing host to its first conference just this week.

Trevor Gabriele, Chief Finance Officer at Buckinghamshire New University, said: “Our growing community told us they wanted more social and study space on campus, so our new Dove development was designed with a thread of community and wellbeing spun throughout, and (with) both our history and future in mind.

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“The end product is one that we can all be proud of, and we’re looking forward to welcoming the local community into our beautiful new space.”

Former and current students reacted to the announcement of the new development’s completion in the comments on a Buckinghamshire New University Facebook post, with Chris Burgess writing: “Looks amazing, wish we had this when I was a student.”

Sam Boot said: “It’s a lovely open space and such a positive vibe when needing to relax between lessons.”

Roisin Ni Fhionnaile added: “I probably would have worked harder in this place” and Jess Collyer said: “Upgraded once we left I see!”