University announces new £10m investment in UniQ
“In the new University Plan, we re-state our commitment to the UniQ and this new investment, combined with the new FE facilities and the completed Science Centre, will also make a positive impression on people living, working and visiting the UniQ.”
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Paul Richards
Staffordshire University has announced a £10 million plan to transform its Stoke campus as part of continued investment in the UniQ and the student experience.
The announcement is timed to coincide with Universities Week and is further evidence of Staffordshire University’s commitment to education-led regeneration - and providing local students with access to facilities that will raise education and skills levels in the wider community.
The transformation programme - which includes the remodelling of existing buildings at Leek Road and College Road sites together with £4.5 million landscaping works – is designed to dramatically improve the student environment in keeping with the University’s £30m flagship Science Centre.
Works on the first phase of the landscaping, designed to create a more direct pedestrian route between the University’s Leek Road and College Road sites, were completed last year.
A significant part of the new investment will be spent on landscaping the University’s Leek and College Road sites to create better pedestrian links with its UniQ partners.
The works also includes a new bridge and footpath linking the University’s Leek Road site with swimming pool and sports facilities at Fenton Manor and the new St Peter’s Academy.
And subject to planning permissions, the University plans to press ahead with other major construction projects this summer.
The programme, which has been approved by the University’s Board of Governors, includes:
- creation of a new entrance to the art and design facilities in Henrion building, linking Thornton Road to College Road and creating social/exhibition space. Planning permission for this £600,000 scheme has been approved and work is set to start later this month.
- creating a prominent glass fronted main entrance to the Brindley building on Leek Road complete with new social café areas and catering facilities. Work on this £3.2 m project is subject to planning permission but is due for completion in 2013.
- refurbishment of the Cadman building to create dedicated new student space and to act as a gateway to the UniQ and a central point of contact and inquiry for students from the University, its college partners and visitors to the University. This includes plans to make the existing library and learning resources more accessible to students from the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and Stoke-on-Trent FE College.
- repurposing Mellor building which will be vacated by staff and students moving into the new Science Building.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Paul Richards said: “Student expectations continue to grow and these ambitious plans go a long way to improve the overall study environment and access between our key sites and the sites of our college partners in the University Quarter.
“We are committed to putting students at the heart of everything we do and we believe the Stoke upgrade will have a positive impact on the experience of every student who attends our Stoke campus and those of our college partners.
He added: “In the new University Plan, we re-state our commitment to the UniQ and this new investment, combined with the new FE facilities and the completed Science Centre, will also make a positive impression on people living, working and visiting the UniQ.”
Works already being undertaken includes:
- £100,000 redecoration of the Ashley Lecture Theatres,
- £100,000 refurbishment of the Drama Studio
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