BAM Construction has started work on a new £55m School of Arts & Media building at the University of Salford in the UK.
After completion, the Gateway Project development will provide an entrance to the campus from Salford Crescent railway station.
The building will have space to host a range of the university’s academic programmes, primarily for students from the School of Arts & Media but there will also be space for students from other disciplines.
The facility will include a theatre, recording and photography studios, café areas, performance and rehearsal spaces, computer suites and lecture theatres.
Planned to be completed in 2016, the building is expected to secure BREEAM Excellent rating.
University of Salford director of estates Stephen Talboys 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."
Designed by architect Stride Treglown, construction of the seven-storey building was originally scheduled to start in 2012 with planned completion by April 2014.
The Gateway Project is part of ongoing investment into the university, including a £9m renovation of the Chapman building in 2012.
The university has also reopened Clifford Whitworth Library, Lady Hale Building and Brian Blatchford Building after investments in their facilities.
As part of the £1m investment in library facilities, the refurbished Clifford Whitworth Library reopened in early September 2013 with improvements such as additional study seats, upgraded collaborative space on the ground floor and a revitalised main PC suite.
Image: The building will feature a range of the University of Salford’s academic programmes. Photo: Courtesy of University of Salford.