City University project granted planning consent
The City University Campus currently comprises a set of three run-down buildings that do little to enhance the image of the University and attract future students.
The brief was to regenerate the campus by redeveloping the existing halls of residence, designing a new teaching block for City University, and creating an enhanced sports facility to replace the existing Saddlers Sports Centre.
The new design significantly increases the student accommodation offer, with 805 beds arranged over a 13-storey tower and 9-storey courtyard block, providing a range of room types to suit differing requirements. Students can choose from single studio, two-bedroom apartments or en-suite cluster apartments in a secure building with associated kitchen and communal living facilities.
A 4-storey learning centre will provide much needed additional teaching space for the University and a new sports centre, intended for use by students and the local community, has been designed to host badminton, basketball, indoor football, and hockey and netball events to 'Sports England' County standards.
The new campus will also see a 35% reduction in carbon emissions through energy efficient measures and the use of renewable energy technologies.
The scheme is anticipiated to be ready for the start of the 2014/15 academic year.