Aerial photo of the College Lane campus
Building a twenty-first century campus
2001 - 2017

As we look back at the early years of the twenty first century, we see a period of transformation for the University. This begins with the construction of the new state-of-the-art de Havilland Campus and continues through to our latest development, the Science building, which was completed in 2016.


The £50m Science building has been designed to bring together all of the science facilities in one place to create a state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory space and houses laboratories, cutting-edge research technology and areas for informal learning and socialising. The project is a key milestone of the University’s 2020 vision and transformation of the College Lane campus.

Exterior of the Science building on College Lane campus

The Science building was formally opened on 3 November 2016 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

One of the fundamental capabilities of the new AV system in the Science building is that it allows any video to be displayed to any of the building’s 90 screens individually or at the same time. This might simply be within one teaching lab, from one lab to another or indeed to displays outside the immediate teaching environments.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh touring the science building.

In 2017 the science building audiovisual (AV) project is a finalist in the Education category of the 2017 InAVation Awards which celebrates leading audiovisual systems integrators, consultants, technology managers and inventors. The awards had entries from 17 different countries.


The Hutton Hub opens its’ doors to students in 2014. A unique building which brings together all student services in one location, including the Student Centre, Careers Service, Campus Pharmacy and Medical Centre, Student Union and a branch of Santander.

The Hutton Hub takes its name from the Hutton building, which was built on the site in 1948 and named after Dr Hutton, the first head teacher of Hatfield School.

The Hutton Hub building on the College Lane campus

In 2014, the first phase of our new student accommodation on the College Lane campus is also completed.

Student accommodation on College Lane campus

With the final phase of student accommodation completed in 2016, our students now have access to over 2,500 attractive new bedrooms, made up of singles, doubles, studio flats and town houses, all built to BREEAM outstanding standards.

A student in her room on College Lane campus


The £10 million Law Court building opens on de Havilland Campus in 2011. The St Albans campus is closed and the Law Faculty moves into a purpose-built building on the de Havilland campus.

The Law Court building on de Havilland campus


The Forum Hertfordshire, the new entertainment venue, officially opens in September 2009.

The launch event featured a Community Fun Day and talent competition ‘The Forum’s Got Talent’. Comedic dance duo Double Trouble won the first prize of £1,000, and shared the same stage as Diversity – the winners of the ITV talent show Britain’s Got Talent 2009 – who opened the talent show.

The Forum Hertfordshire building at night


The MacLaurin building officially opens in 2007. The building is named in honour of Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth who served as the University’s Chancellor from 1996 until 2005. The MacLaurin Building is home to many of the business facing and support teams of the University including Human Resources; Finance; Marketing and Communications; Academic Registry.


The de Havilland campus is formally opened by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 2003.

Aerial photo of the de Havilland campus when completed


In September 2001 Lord MacLaurin cut the first turf to mark the beginning of building work of the de Havilland campus on the former British Aerospace site. This development was part funded by selling the historic mansions of Wall Hall and Balls Park where Education, Humanities and Business Studies were previously located.

Aerial photo of the de Havilland campus development

The Key, a multi-faith, multi-cultural centre is also opened in 2001 by Lady Rosalind Runcie, widow of the late Robert Runcie, former Bishop of St Albans and Archbishop of Canterbury. The Key is a peaceful, welcoming haven to take time out for the spiritual side of life, and students and staff from all religions are welcome.

Two people meeting in the Key.

Looking ahead

Our campus has seen major enhancements since we started in our Hatfield Technical College facilities. We have more exciting plans for further developments. Visit the campus development section on our website to find out how we aim to improve the University of Hertfordshire campus even further.

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