£22m Campus investment approved

Updated on: 31/05/2016

Newman University is investing £22million over the next five years to develop its campus in Bartley Green, Birmingham.

The programme is the next phase of an on-going campus development worth up £70m and follows the completion of a new library and entrance building, which was opened by Olympic gymnast Kristian Thomas, in 2013.

Professor Peter Lutzeier, Vice-Chancellor of Newman University, said: "We're very pleased that Birmingham City Council have approved the plans and we can start work on the next phase of campus improvements. The new halls of residence will provide high quality accommodation to complement the outstanding learning and teaching spaces that enable our students to have an excellent higher education in Bartley Green. I hope the additional parking spaces will also be welcomed by our neighbours"

Work on the first phase of the programme will include a new, 1000 square metre, double-storey extension to provide excellent learning and teaching space, a 100-room hall of residence and the refurbishment of four existing buildings.

"As Newman becomes an increasingly popular choice among students we are also conscious of our responsibility to local residents and the importance of being a good neighbour. To this end, as a first priority the redevelopment work includes improvements to car parking facilities on campus to reduce the impact of growing student numbers on local residents."

The double-storey extension and new hall of residence is expected to be completed by 2017, after which a second phase of work – including additional halls of residence, a new teaching block and the refurbishment of other buildings – will  commence. Phase three of the programme will see the demolition of an existing building and the construction of another new teaching block at the front of the campus. The University, conscious of its responsibilities for environmental stewardship, has set a target for all components of the campus redevelopment to achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of A.

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