The building will provide a focus for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach and enterprise activities, designed to enhance existing and support new partnerships with a range of organisations and the local community.
This will all be in addition to the innovative high-tech facilities already offered in the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing’s current home, which was opened in 2012 and houses a Harrier Jump Jet, flight simulators and a cyber security lab.
The two sections of the new four-storey building, to be built on land at part of the former hospital site in Gulson Road, will be linked by a central atrium and connected to the current Engineering and Computing Building by a covered bridge.
Construction work is expected to start this summer, and it is hoped the building will open its doors to students in autumn 2020.
The project team includes architects Broadway Malyan, project managers RPS Group, planning consultants GVA and cost managers Gardiner and Theobald.
Ray Farmer, Academic Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing at the university, said:
This new building will allow us to expand our innovative and inspiring teaching and research spaces for students and staff in the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing.
“Connecting the new building with our existing engineering building will allow a seamless integration of the facilities, enhancing the student experience. We are excited about the opportunities that this addition to our Faculty estate will bring.”
“The new building expands our state-of-the-art facilities that will support future generations of learners.”
“We’re delighted the council has approved the plans so we can move on to the next stage in this project.