The outdated 1960s building has been modernised to improve its internal and external appearance. Students now enjoy six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with views across the campus.
Environmental benefits include the halving of gas consumption, a 20% reduction in electricity use and building insulation with a 30-year lifespan.
Real-time displays of energy use are shown on walls by the entrance, and technical information and a cut-away section of the insulated wall in the reception will be used as a teaching resource by students in the School of the Built Environment.
The refurbishment marks the delivery of the first phase the University’s Campus Plan which is transforming Salford into a state-of-the-art university.
The next phase includes the construction of the new Gateway Building for arts subjects which will have a theatre, studio space, tuition and practice space and social learning areas. New student accommodation overlooking Peel Park will also be built.