The building is on schedule to open in autumn 2018 and while there's still much to do, progress is good and we expect to offer building tours towards the end of this year.

Following the successful delivery of the Student Hub and new sports pitches at our Medway and Avery Hill campuses respectively, work is well underway to convert the Dreadnought building into a central hub for students on our Greenwich campus.

The Dreadnought building aims to bring everything students need into one place. It'll provide a new home for Student & Academic Services at Greenwich campus and for our Students' Union and we hope it will become the heart of our campus. 

There'll be a gym, the Students' Union bar, places to eat and flexible social spaces. It will have bookable rooms and confidential one-to-one spaces, as well as flexible teaching and study spaces and computer labs.  It'll be a place for exhibitions and energy, with WiFi throughout.  

In addition some of our departments from the Faculty of Education and Health, including academic offices, professional services and specialist classrooms as well as IT staff within Information and Library Services will also move to the newly refurbished building.

We're breathing new life into the building while retaining its heritage. Dreadnought will be a shared and flexible space and have state of the art learning, teaching and social spaces and we're pleased to be working with our Students' Union to deliver a space that works for students.


There's still more to do before the Dreadnought building opens, we'll provide updates as the project progresses for everyone in the university on Internal and Student News. Staff and students moving into the Dreadnought building when it opens should look out for more specific information from their faculties/directorates shortly.

Now - DecemberBy the end of the year the building will start to reveal itself as more of the scaffolding is removed as the work on excavations and steel structures complete.  
End-November 2017The 'Topping Out' ceremony takes place. This is a symbolic milestone for the project which traditionally signifies work at the highest point of the building is complete and the building is wind and watertight.
December onwardsWe expect tours of the building to be available to book. The tours will also include a visit to the Sample room, where you will be able to see examples of the fixtures and fittings for the building.  These have been chosen following consultation with the areas who will be located in the Dreadnought building.  We'll share further information on how to book the tours nearer the time.

Find out more at Avery Hill and Greenwich Welcome Fairs

To find out more about our plans for the Dreadnought building come and see us at the Avery Hill and Greenwich Welcome Fairs on the 19 and 21-22 September respectively, or email the project manager Chris Andrew.

What's going on behind the hoardings

The hoardings have been up since October 2016 and our contractors Willmott Dixon, who were recently awarded Education Constructor of the Year, have been making good progress.

Back in March the ground level courtyard area, which will become the central hub for students on Greenwich campus, was reduced and the pile foundations to support the steel frame for the mezzanine floors were installed.

By May, the pile caps were installed to support the new floor slabs and steel frame for the mezzanine floors.

And earlier in September, the steel frame was installed. Structural demolition work is taking place on the upper floors opening up large parts of the Dreadnought building to accommodate our flexible teaching and computing spaces.