Date published: June 14, 2016
Transformation of Newton gets green light
Our Newton building is set to undergo a £5.3 million transformation with work set to start this summer, after full planning permission was granted for the ‘Engineering Showcase’ extension.
This extension will open up new spaces for research and demonstration, collaborative learning and presentations, as well as an exhibition space to display engineering solutions, a café and ‘maker-space’. Taken together with a full internal refurbishment of the existing building and other works such as roofing and facade upgrades, the project has a total value of around £16 million.
The Newton Building, which was opened by The Duke of Edinburgh in 1976, houses the School of Computing, Science and Engineering and research and enterprise collaborations with Airbus, Balfour Beatty, Dyson and dozens of small-medium enterprises.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Marshall said: "Salford University has a rich tradition in engineering and our objective here is to attract new collaborators to come and work with us in Salford, share their technical challenges and draw on our wide areas of expertise.
"We are also launching our new ‘maker-space’ where staff, students and industrial collaborators can come and make engines, machines, models, 3-D printed objects and share knowledge and practice. We are passionate about manufacturing and believe strongly that ‘making’ is a great way to learn and to teach."”"
The scheme, sponsored by Dean of CSE Professor Sunil Vadera and project managed by structural engineering lecturer Neil Currie with design concepts by Manchester-based DAY Architectural, also responds to a projected shortfall of 5,000 engineering professionals in the North West by 2022, according to a recent New Economy report. The University expects to educate an additional 200 engineering students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in 2017.
The investment is part of a wider initiative at Salford for greater collaboration and co-creation among academics, students and industry through the Industry Collaboration Zones (ICZ) strategy.