HDC- The ’Miracle Building’

With the JAM department opening earlier this year, I thought that I could look into the past to see how the HDC building came to be. Here are some facts I would like to share and some pictures from the time of the construction.

  • HDS building is the latest permanent construction added to Marjon’s campus.
  • It was dubbed ‘Marjon’s Miracle Building’.
  • It was added to cope with the rise in the students’ numbers.
  • It was the most ambitious project undertaken since the move to Plymouth in 1973.
  • The building was named for Henry Durowse, who was a chairman for 11 years.
  • Works were completed despite many problems: a continuous rain for 120 days and the need to change the construction company.
  • The official opening date was 14 of December 2001.
  • During the opening ceremony a cake was served that was shaped like the building itself. Yum!
The ground had been broken for 'Marjon's miracle building'

The ground had been broken for ‘Marjon’s miracle building’

Can you guess which room you are looking at?

Can you guess which room you are looking at?

A gorgeous sunset over the Chaplaincy Centre and future HDC

A gorgeous sunset over the Chaplaincy Centre and future HDC

The 'backbone' of the building near its completion.

The ‘backbone’ of the building near its completion.

The laying of the characteristic brown brick

The laying of the characteristic brown brick

Almost there!

Almost there!

Having the new JAM department open, with its modern look and new shiny Mac’s, I just wish that we could finally have some proper chairs and tables in the rest of the building instead of those horrible combo furniture:-)

Source:

Marjon’s archive photos

The Magazine of the College of St. Mark and St. John 2002

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