Durham University, which occupied the 29th position in the recent THE rankings, looks forward to establishing a new teaching and learning centre, and the plan seems to be going through the approval phase. The university already has a 2107-2027 Estate Masterplan, and this initiative looks like the first element to start.
Constructing this brand new three-storey facility is expected to pave the road for 450 jobs. It will be suitable for mixed uses. The ground floor will have the entrance, of course, two lecture theatres, two seminar rooms, three computer laboratories, and three project rooms. The first and second floors will consist of a wide range of teaching facilities, social learning spaces, as well as offices. As the university mentioned, this building will house 88,800 sq ft of accommodation, and the main objective is to build a modern high-class, state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility.
The university says: "The proposed development will create a central hub for students to access lecture theatres, tutorials, group study and supplementary social learning spaces. The core teaching spaces will also be supported by ancillary facilities allowing students to access a wide range of facilities in one building without traversing the wider University estate."
However, it is noteworthy to mention that not only Durham University is pursuing development, but also Southampton Solent University is currently working on a new multi-million campus in St Mary's in Southampton, and the opening is due next week.
This brand new campus will be well-equipped with a variety of engineering workshops as well as electrical and control laboratories for officer cadets. This new establishment is a part of a huge investment by the university to move to Southampton by September 2019.