Staffordshire University has announced a £10 million plan to transform its Stoke campus.
The programme includes the remodelling of buildings at the Leek Road and College Road sites, together with £4.5 million of landscaping works, is designed to improve the student environment in keeping with the university’s £30 million flagship Science Centre, which is almost complete.
Works on the first phase of the landscaping, designed to create a more direct pedestrian route between the two sites, were completed last year.
Other work includes a new bridge and footpath linking the Leek Road site with the swimming pool and sports facilities at Fenton Manor and the new St Peter’s Academy.
Deputy vice-chancellor Paul Richards said: “Student expectations continue to grow and these ambitious plans go a long way to improve the overall study environment and access between our key sites and the sites of our college partners in the University Quarter.
“In the new University Plan, we re-state our commitment to the UniQ and this new investment, combined with the new FE facilities and the completed Science Centre, will also make a positive impression on people living, working and visiting the UniQ.”
The University Quarter Area of Major Intervention (AMI) is a £282 million transformation project to create a state-of-the-art learning quarter in Stoke.
The extensive development stretches from Stoke’s main railway station through the campuses of City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, Staffordshire University and Stoke-on-Trent College up to the city centre.
Other building projects at the university include a £600,000 new entrance to the art and design facilities in the Henrion building, linking Thornton Road to College Road, due to start later this month to create an exhibition space.
Subject to planning permission the university plans to press ahead with other construction projects including a £3.2 million glass fronted entrance to the Brindley building on Leek Road with café and catering facilities, refurbishment of the Cadman building to create a gateway to the UniQ and a central point of inquiry for students and visitors and repurposing of the Mellor building.