Major investment in our campus

A message from Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Kevin Edge

Dear Colleague

I am delighted to bring you news about a major three-year investment we are making in our campus.

Following approval by University Council, we are planning four developments that will provide state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research, a major increase in the availability of on-campus student accommodation and a new Centre for the Arts. (All are subject to planning permission, with the exception of 1 West.)

Our top ten ranking in every national league table and the rise in our student applications means we can face the future with great confidence, and this £100m investment is a very real demonstration of that.

We want to create an environment that enhances our ability to deliver an outstanding student experience and matches the excellent teaching, research and support that you provide every day.

We also hope that the new facilities will offer an inspiring working environment; from doubling the number of large lecture theatres to offering additional food outlet options for both staff and students to providing dynamic new arts spaces, we hope there will be something that will benefit everyone.

Subject to planning approval, the four main projects are:

New General Teaching Accommodation Building (GTA)
The £26m building is planned to offer a dramatic new hub of learning and teaching on campus with new teaching facilities ranging from two 350-seat lecture theatres to 30-seat group lecture rooms. Up to 2,000 students would be able use the building at any one time and a ‘skywalk’ bridge would directly connect the building at first floor level to The Parade. Built on the site of the old 25m swimming pool, the aim is to have the building operational for the start of the 2013/14 academic year.Click on the image to view a virtual ‘fly through’ of the building.
New Student Accommodation & Refectory (R6)
The planned £43m building would provide 708 additional bedrooms on campus, all en suite, plus a new refectory seating 350 with a café, a fresh food delicatessen, coffee bar, pizza and pasta eatery and a bar. The building is due to open in summer 2014.Click on the image to view a virtual ‘fly through’ of the building
New Centre for the Arts
The new £10.9m Centre for the Arts would provide the University of Bath and surrounding region with an exciting new venue for a ground-breaking public programme of arts events and activities. Serving the University and local community alike, the new Centre for the Arts will offer classes, workshops, performances and exhibitions throughout the year. The building is due to open in Autumn 2014.A dedicated Executive Education suite with large teaching area, breakout spaces and its own café would enable the School of Management to offer an extended programme of short courses, master classes, speaker events and seminars.Click on the image to view a virtual ‘fly through’ of the building
1 West refurbishment
This major refurbishment of a key academic building at the heart of the University’s campus means 1 West will retain its original character while providing increased high quality teaching and research space and improved environmental performance.The £22m project consists of three phases which will see the addition of new learning facilities, computer laboratories, research facilities and offices. The final phase will open in September 2015.

We will ensure we keep you up to date with each of the projects as they progress and will bring you more detailed information on our website in the coming weeks and months.

You should also be able to read about the projects in the Thursday 9 August edition of the Bath Chronicle.

Best wishes

Kevin Edge,
Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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