Project milestones

The milestones below track the project's progress, from commissioning to the building's official opening.

Date Activity 
April 2013 The Environment and Sustainability Institute is formally opened on 23 April by more than 120 local school-children. 
November 2012  The Environment and Sustainability Institute is functionally complete and begins to be occupied; its official opening will be in Spring 2013, details to follow.
February 2012 The 30-metre tower crane, essential during the earlier stages of the ESI construction, leaves the site.
January 2012 The mechanical and electrical design is completed.
November 2011 The internal fit-out of the ESI begins.
October 2011 The concrete frame of the ESI is complete.
April 2011 Main construction work begins on the Environment and Sustainability Institute, following a Turf Cutting Ceremony on the 1st April.
March 2011 Main construction contracts to be awarded for the Environment and Sustainability Institute.
November 2010                      Enabling works start in preparation for building the Environment and Sustainability Institute.
July 2010 Funding approval is received from the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) and EU Convergence European Regional Development Fund on the 20th July 2010.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) supports the Environment and Sustainability Institute by agreeing to additional student numbers on the Cornwall Campus.
January 2010 A comprehensive business case is submitted seeking £30 million investment over three years from the Convergence Programme for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
September 2009 The Environment and Sustainability Institute Commissioning Panel is set up as a combined venture between the University and the SWRDA.
Membership is drawn from the academic, public services and business communities and Sir Robin Nicholson appointed to Chair the Panel. 
The work of the Commissioning Panel is instrumental in developing the research themes, business engagement strategy and guiding overall development of the business case.
July 2009 Design Architect appointed (BDP) following competitive tender.
November 2008 The Environment and Sustainability Institute project is commissioned.
* BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. ‘Outstanding’ is the highest classification.