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CU Coventry unveils £33 million campus plan

The institution is transforming the former BT building in Mile Lane, into a modern learning space which will accommodate up to 3,000 students

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | June 19, 2018 | Estates

CU Coventry has unveiled plans to create a £33 million state-of-the-art campus in the city to enhance its innovative education model and provide students and staff with a cutting-edge learning environment.   

CU Coventry, part of the Coventry University Group, is transforming the former BT building, in Mile Lane, into a modern and inspiring learning space which will accommodate up to 3,000 students.

The space will feature teaching rooms, IT suites, engineering and science labs, a moot court and a café, as well as breakout areas for social learning to make teaching more flexible. 

A modern approach will be taken throughout, with bright open-plan areas and the latest technology and energy-efficient features. Showers to encourage cycling to work and university will be installed as well as gender-neutral toilets in addition to standard male and female toilets. 

Our innovative model of flexible education will be highlighted in our new building as we look to more exciting and agile ways of equipping our leaders of tomorrow

Work on the ground-breaking site is already underway and is expected to be completed in February 2019, with the new building scheduled to be open to students the following month.

Jackie Mathers, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor of CU Coventry, said: “Our innovative model of flexible education will be highlighted in our new building as we look to more exciting and agile ways of equipping our leaders of tomorrow.

“Staff and students have been an integral part of the design process, and their feedback has contributed significantly to developing and strengthening the plans and ensuring the new building supports the needs of modern university learners. 

“The new campus is ideally situated adjacent to Coventry University’s Technology Park which is already host to a variety of Coventry University activity as well as a number of exciting start-up businesses. It is also close to the railway station and includes good parking facilities. We look forward to seeing the site being transformed over the coming months as we prepare to move into the building early next year.”

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