Construction has begun on a state-of-the-art £55m building which will transform student life at the University of Salford when it opens in early 2016.
The ‘Gateway Project’ will provide a distinctive, aesthetically pleasing entrance to the campus from Salford Crescent railway station. The building has been designed primarily for students of the School of Arts & Media, but there will be space for students from other disciplines to study there too. Facilities will include a theatre, recording and photography studios, café areas, performance and rehearsal spaces, computer suites and lecture theatres.
Green spaces and paved areas outside the Gateway Project will create a relaxing area where staff, students and local people can sit and take time out from a busy day. Public performances will also take place on the grounds (subject to the local weather!).
In line with the University’s commitment to the environment, the building will be sustainable and energy-efficient with a target of achieving an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating (the standard environmental assessment method for buildings).
The investment is part of wider ongoing plans to create a world-class campus for staff and students. Last year the University refurbished and extended its 1960s Chapman Building at a cost of £9m, completely modernising both the interior and exterior and creating a contemporary learning environment. During the summer £1m was also spent improving and upgrading the University’s library services.
Two years ago the University’s MediaCityUK campus was opened to give students the opportunity to study in the centre of the North’s media industry. The investment of £30m has resulted in a surge of popularity for media and digital courses offered by Salford.
The Gateway Project which will be completed by BAM Construction early in 2016.
Stephen Talboys, Director of Estates, said: “This is an exciting time for the University as we begin this major investment in our future campus that will continue to attract students locally, nationally and internationally.”