The four-storey facility will incorporate 6,000 m2 of teaching and laboratory space, allowing the University of Bedfordshire to offer a wide range of new science courses including Pharmacy, Nutrition, Physics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geology and Mechanical Engineering.
Bill Rammell Vice Chancellor of the University explained: “This is part of the University’s wider vision for high-level skills growth in Luton and Bedfordshire.
“Our new STEM building will support the ambitions of regional policymakers to enhance the skills base in Luton, extending opportunity for local residents and attracting investment to the region.”
It will also include a new Science and Engineering Outreach Centre to promote the value of science and engineering to local schools and the wider Bedfordshire community.
The STEM building will be located on Park Street in the centre of Luton, presenting an improved open and modern façade to pedestrians and is due for completion in 2018.
“This is part of an investment of £180m in cutting edge facilities by the University to transform our campuses,” Bill Rammell added. “Over the past five years, we’ve enhanced our learning and teaching facilities for students, creating jobs and growth in Luton, Bedford and its surrounding areas.”
Other investments include a Postgraduate and CPD Centre opened in 2013 and a stunning new seven-storey library, just opened on the Luton campus, which will be available for students entering the University from autumn 2016. Last year also saw the Gateway, a new teaching and learning building, open at the University’s Bedford Campus.
The University of Bedfordshire (www.beds.ac.uk) is the largest higher education institution in the county, providing excellent opportunities for more people to access top quality higher education. We aim to create a vibrant multi-cultural learning community enabling people to transform their lives by participating in excellent, innovative education, scholarship and research.
Between 2006 and 2013 over £180 million has been invested in new facilities at the university, which contributes approximately £300 million annually to the local economy.