Nottingham’s campus revamp plans

Ambitious plans to transform the heart of Nottingham Trent University’€™s Clifton campus have been unveiled

The redevelopment – which is expected to begin in the summer – includes the construction of a modern pavilion and a new teaching suite as well as the upgrade of the existing refectory and library.

Stephen Jackson, chief financial and operations officer at Nottingham Trent University, said: “As part of the university’s bold regeneration programme we’re keen to further enhance our Clifton campus and provide the high-quality estates that our students deserve.

“As with all our previous regeneration projects, the student experience has been put at the very heart of the proposals and we’re determined to raise the bar once again and create an environment which is both inspiring and sustainable.”

The pavilion building – which will replace parts of the George Eliot building – will feature a tall glazed façade with a covered raised terrace to enhance the campus identity and provide a sense of arrival and gravitas.

Designed by Evans Vettori Architects, it will include a new reception, a suite of flexible training rooms, round the clock study support, IT-rich social and exhibition spaces.

The design will adopt high standards with regard to energy performance and sustainability. The roof will be made from arched concrete ceiling panels and be fitted with photo-voltaic panels.

The refectory will be refurbished and fitted with a central roof lantern to provide added daylight from above head, increased height and ventilation.

The new teaching suite will accommodate more than 800 students in three lecture theatres and six flexible rooms configured for modern teaching methods. It will feature a covered terrace and glazed façade to match the pavilion and new-look refectory.

The library will undergo an internal upgrade and be given a new front entrance while strong, clear pedestrian links will be made central to the landscaping.

The project is expected to be completed during 2016.

Jackson added: “We’ve created a stunning design which we feel reflects our ambitions as a university and the aspirations of our students. We’re very keen now for the construction programme to begin as soon as possible.”

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