The Forum

University of Hertfordshire

The Forum Hertfordshire is the main social facility for the University of Hertfordshire and developed from a comprehensive Masterplan and estate strategy. The ground floor of the Forum faces a new external square and has a 400 cover restaurant, a convenience store, coffee bar, foyer and retail units. At first floor, the entertainment venue has a 2000 person capacity, with the ability to sub-divide into three rooms hosting simultaneous events and capable of hosting head-line bands and performers. The facility is also a primary factor in attracting prospective students as well as reinforcing the University as a ‘cultural presence’ in the region. The design team instigated a University wide competition for art works to be incorporated as part of the finished project .Three elements have been implemented – a graphic, ‘post it’ note inspired installation to the entrance glazing, a light installation within the main restaurant and a cor-ten sculpture outside the nursery. The Forum project has been a major part of the University of Hertfordshire’s on-going programme of redevelopment across the College Lane Campus, comprising three new buildings: the Forum, a day nursery for 80 children and a three storey car-park in addition to comprehensive infrastructure and landscape works.