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Work Starts on Bournemouth University Building

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Work has begun on the construction of a £30 million university building, which will become a Bournemouth landmark.

The Bournemouth Gateway Building is one of several developments changing the face of the St Paul's and Lansdowne areas.

The new building will house teaching facilities for Bournemouth University's faculty of health and social sciences, which is training midwives, paramedics and other health professionals to meet the growing staff shortage in the NHS.

The faculty building will sit alongside another development offering accommodation for 550 students.

A ground-breaking ceremony was held by the university and Kier Construction, with the project due for completion in the spring of 2020.

Commenting on the project, Trevor White, operations director for Kier Construction Southern, said: "We are delighted to be delivering this vitally important building for Bournemouth University. We will utilise our experience in the education and health sectors to provide first-class training facilities for the much sought-after midwives, social and health workers of tomorrow."

Bournemouth University has invested millions of pounds to improve its facilities since 2012 and last year Bournemouth Council was awarded an £8.5m grant to create a world class business district around the Lansdowne.