RGU to open doors at new city campus

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Robert Gordon University (RGU) is opening the doors of its new multi-million pound Riverside East building to the public.

The new state-of-the-art teaching facility at RGU’s Garthdee campus is one of the participating venues for the city’s Doors Open Day 2013, part of Scotland’s free architectural event, on Saturday, September 14.

Members of the public will get an opportunity to explore the new £120million campus development project which, situated on the banks of the River Dee, is the first phase of the university’s masterplan for housing all of its teaching facilities at Garthdee.

Guided tours will be available every hour to take people around the building, which contains the university’s schools of engineering, computing, pharmacy and life sciences as well as its research institutes.

As part of the tour, guests will get a chance to see the university’s amphitheatre and the new library, which is a 33 metre circular tower providing a 360 degree panoramic view across the city from its top floor.

The tour will also incorporate the new industry-leading drilling rig floor training simulator which has been built into a bespoke complex within the university’s Energy Centre at Riverside East, making RGU the only university in the world to boast facilities of this type.

RGU’s Principal, Ferdinand von Prondzynski, said: “RGU is delighted to participate in Doors Open Day. We warmly welcome anyone who would like to visit our new premises at Garthdee, which has been developed to not only benefit our students and staff but also the community.

“RGU is strongly committed to community engagement, so we are really pleased to open our doors to the public, showcasing our new state-of-the-art learning and research facilities as well as the building’s stunning architecture, design and views of the River Dee.”

Riverside East’s doors will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 14 September. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available for purchase in the amphitheatre.

Doors Open Day is celebrated in September throughout Scotland as part of the Council of Europe European Heritage Days. This joint initiative between the Council of Europe and the European Commission aims to give people a greater understanding of each other through sharing and exploring cultural heritage.