"The demolition of this building paves the way for an exciting new phase of our Campus Masterplan. This will be key to realising our vision to be the Connected University – connecting to the needs of students, employers and our local community through the provision of new flexible, accessible and digital facilities."
Professor Martin Jones, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University
Staffordshire University is submitting plans to demolish one of its Leek Road buildings - to make way for a new transformational building.
The application for planning permission to demolish a large part of the Brindley building which runs parallel to Leek Road has been submitted to Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
This marks the first step in the University’s ambitious £40m plans for the new Catalyst Building. This will incorporate an employer hub and dedicated facilities to create skilled digital apprentices, a library and learning hub for students, a new food court, café area and flexible event space.
Staffordshire University announced in January that it had secured £8 million funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Catalyst Fund towards the cost of the landmark project.
Professor Martin Jones, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University, said: "The demolition of this building paves the way for an exciting new phase of our Campus Masterplan. This will be key to realising our vision to be the Connected University – connecting to the needs of students, employers and our local community through the provision of new flexible, accessible and digital facilities.
"We will be working with our University community and local residents on plans for the Catalyst Building in coming months and hope to invite them to join us on the journey to the opening in 2020."
The Brindley building has been home to specialist Sport and Exercise Science Labs, general teaching rooms and staff offices which are currently being relocated to other buildings on the Stoke-on-Trent campus.
Although the majority of the building will be off-limits to staff and students from the end of September, the Brindley Food Court will remain open and fully operational. The Clearing Hub, which supports prospective students to find places on available courses following announcement of their results, will also be based there until September.
Professor Jones added: "We are extremely mindful of enhancing the student experience and while there will be some loss of car-parking, we will be doing everything we can to make sure disruption to teaching is kept to a minimum throughout the demolition and building works. Our dedicated Student Hub is opening in our Science Centre in September and will provide a one-stop shop catering for all students’ needs."
On site surveys will commence in and around the Brindley building in the coming weeks, ahead of the planned demolition in December. Full planning application for the new Catalyst Building is set to be submitted to Stoke-on-Trent City council in October with a scheduled start date of May 2019.
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