A £23m two-storey development, in the heart of Nottingham Trent’s Clifton Campus, will feature a range of engineering, teaching and research spaces, together with a large design suite, IT suite, offices and amenity facilities. It has been designed to be in the top 10% of sustainable buildings in the UK in terms of energy efficiency.
Contractor Henry Brothers has been appointed to build the new facility.
Work on the engineering facility – which will also include the creation of a new Institute of Industrial Digitalisation, Robotics and Automation – is due to get under way this month, with completion expected in time for the 2019/2020 academic year.
“We want to create inspirational, state-of-the-art facilities that inspire staff and students and demonstrate our commitment to being a major player in the STEM education of engineers,” said Professor Mary O’Neill, the Dean of Nottingham Trent University’s School of Science and Technology.
She added: “This development will facilitate a culture of innovation and excellence to support project-based, industry-focused learning and highly-rated research.
“It will enable us to be at the heart of developments in the emerging Industry 4.0 agenda in terms of education and skills training, as well as knowledge transfer and knowledge development and research.
“The anticipated skills shortages represent a serious concern for major industries, and we want to play a lead role in training current and future workers with the digitalisation skills required for this arena, which is being called ‘the next Industrial Revolution’.”
The development follows the university’s launching of a new Department of Engineering, which includes a range of engineering courses designed in conjunction with major industry employers and experts.