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!
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:-)
Marjon’s archive photos
The Magazine of the College of St. Mark and St. John 2002