Contractor G F Tomlinson has started work on the construction of a new pavilion and teaching suite at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton campus.
The project, known as the Heart of the Campus development, will also involve the upgrade of the existing refectory and library. Parts of the existing George Eliot building will be replaced by the new pavilion building and it will include a modern reception, a suite of flexible training rooms, IT-rich social and exhibition spaces and will also provide round-the-clock study support.
The new teaching building, which will be situated adjacent to the pavilion, will accommodate more than 800 students in three lecture theatres, and will house six flexible rooms configured for modern teaching methods.
The suite will feature a covered terrace and glazed façade. This design will match the new pavilion and new-look refectory. The library is to undergo an internal upgrade and be given a new front entrance while strong, clear pedestrian links will be made central to the landscaping.
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.’
Professor Yvonne Barnett, pro vice-chancellor for research and head of the college of arts and science, said: ‘We’re really excited about the development plans. They will revitalise the campus and enhance the student experience and provide an excellent venue for our many interactions with business, industry and the professions.’
Barry Sewards, chairman at G F Tomlinson, said: “This is an exciting project which will transform the heart of the university’s Clifton campus. We’re thrilled to start work on such an important scheme which will boost the teaching and learning facilities for the students and staff on campus, as well as helping to drive forward the university’s interactions with business and industry.
“Through our work we will realise the ambitions of the university to regenerate the campus so that it leads the way on innovation and sustainability, ensuring the project adheres to the highest standards of energy performance, as demonstrating sustainability and efficiency will be key to the scheme.”
Work on the pavilion will ensure it is environmentally friendly, including a roof made from arched concrete ceiling panels and fitted with photo-voltaic panels. The refectory – which will adjoin the new pavilion – will be refurbished and fitted with a central roof lantern to provide added daylight.