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Friday 11 August 2017

New campus transformations!

Artist impression: Reception and Environment Centre (REC)
Artist impression: Reception and Environment Centre (REC)

We are pleased to report that there have been several exciting transformations across all three of our campuses. Here’s what’s been happening on your campus:

Brackenhurst campus

  • The first phase of a five-year ambitious development programme has begun.
  • We’ve been busy over the summer knocking down tired old buildings to prepare the way for a brand new Reception and Environment Centre (REC). The REC will be situated at the front of the campus and will provide world-class teaching, learning and research dedicated to geography, environment, ecology and conservation. The REC will become the new ‘Heart of the Campus’ featuring a café and dining area, large open plan spaces, a 200 seat lecture theatre, state-of-the-art teaching and research rooms as well as lots of beautiful outdoor areas to relax and socialise in. Construction is due to start early 2018 ready for completion in the summer 2019.
  • Over this summer, the build of a new 198 space car park has begun too. This will be located on Upper Close field near Animal and Equine and will be available for all students to use. This is hoped to be ready for the start of Term 2.
  • Other plans for the campus as part of the five-year programme include, the redevelopment of equine, canine and animal facilities, and additional student accommodation.

Clifton Campus

  • Currently we are getting ready to open an impressive new Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Engagement Centre (ISTEC). The new facility will be sited adjacent to the Ada Byron King building and will contain state-of-the-art laboratories for teaching all undergraduate and postgraduate students.

City Campus

  • The university has also very recently bought a site on 23 Goldsmith Street. This means extra space will be available on the City Campus to hold attractive exhibition space for student activities and will provide brand new services for all. Building work is planned to start September 2017 and it is hoped the building will be ready for use by October 2018.
  • We’ve been busy refurbishing the toilets in Boots Library. This summer we’ve refurbished levels 1 and 2 and next summer we’ll refurbish levels 3 and 4.
  • We’re excited to announce that plans have been submitted to convert a former Wesleyan Chapel on 48 Shakespeare Street into a venue for graduation ceremonies and other prestigious events. If plans are approved, it is hoped the hall can be used for graduation ceremonies from next year, along with other cultural events and its Distinguished Lectures series.

We’ll be doing everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum whilst these works take place to transform your campuses.

If there are any changes you need to know about we’ll email them to you in your weekly newsletter but if you have any questions about these developments email the transformation project team at:



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