Guildford School Of Acting

The new £5.4 million Guildford School of Acting building, located at the University of Surrey, and built by Dutch-owned contractor VolkerFitzpatrick, was ‘topped-out’ in a ceremony in July.
The new three storey £5.4 million purpose-built building will provide the Guildford School of Acting (GSA) with 15 dance studios, tutorial rooms, café and an impressive entrance atrium. The build was part funded by a £3 million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
The new building will enable GSA to have a permanent base at the University of Surrey Stag Hill campus – relocating from its present multiple locations across Guildford. The building will offer state-of-the-art facilities for students studying the performing arts, and will enable the School to offer new courses, thus building on its international reputation for excellence in training actors, dancers and technicians.

Speaking at the topping-out ceremony, VolkerFitzpatrick Estimating and Business Development Director, Jeff Niehorster, said: “We are now in the final phase of this 54 week build programme, and we anticipate the project being completed on time and within budget. The School’s new building will enable GSA to go from strength to strength as it moves to its new home here at the University of Surrey. The build has been a challenge, but along with our partners at GSA and the University, we have overcome them and built something of which we can all be proud. I look forward to future possible projects here on the campus.”

Professor John Turner of the University of Surrey, comments: "The University of Surrey pioneered the innovative and renowned Music and Sound Recording Tonmeister degree course in 1970 and was also the first UK University to introduce specialist academic degrees in Dance at all levels. This strategic merger with the GSA will complement our academic strengths in the area of performing arts and we look forward to working closely with our new colleagues.”
Peter Barlow, Director of GSA, says: “This new and exciting phase in GSA’s history is a dream come true. We can now bring the whole school together into one building and provide for our internationally renowned teachers the very best facilities in which to teach."

About the University of Surrey
The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s leading professional, scientific and technological universities with a world class research profile and a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Ground-breaking research at the University is bringing direct benefit to all spheres of life – helping industry to maintain its competitive edge and creating improvements in the areas of health, medicine, space science, the environment, communications, defence and social policy. Programmes in science and technology have gained widespread recognition and it also boasts flourishing programmes in dance and music, social sciences, management and languages and law. In addition to the campus on 150 hectares just outside Guildford, Surrey, the University also owns and runs the Surrey Research Park, which provides facilities for 140 companies employing 2,700 staff.
The Sunday Times names Surrey as ‘The University for Jobs' which underlines the university’s growing reputation for providing high quality, relevant degrees.

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