University of Bath in UK reveals campus expansion plan
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University of Bath in UK reveals campus expansion plan

12 Aug 2012

The University of Bath in the UK has submitted a £100m planning application to Bath and North East Somerset Council in a bid to improve its campus over the next three years.

New General Teaching Accommodation Building

The University of Bath in the UK has submitted a £100m planning application to Bath and North East Somerset Council in a bid to improve its campus over the next three years.

The application includes four major schemes to provide new teaching space, student accommodation and a Centre for the Arts.

Dame Glynis Breakwell, University vice chancellor, said: "Our aim is to further enhance the university’s ability to deliver an outstanding student experience; creating additional facilities for research, and an inspiring working environment, as well as providing cultural and economic benefits for the wider Bath region."

The schemes include a new £26m teaching building featuring two 350-seat auditoria and 30-seat group lecture rooms on the site of the 25m swimming pool which was shut down in 2011.

Expected to be operational during the 2013/14 academic year, the building will be able to accommodate 2,000 students at one time.

A £43m student accommodation complex will be built to house 708 bedrooms in 75 flats, a 350 seat refectory with a café, a bar and eateries.

The student accommodation complex is scheduled to be completed in summer 2014.

A £10.9m, three-storey arts centre will be built to host public programme of arts events as well as be used to offer classes, workshops, performances and exhibitions throughout the year.

University of Bath plans to invest £22m project to refurbish the 1 West building which will ensure that the structure retains its original character as well as offer high quality teaching and research space and improved environmental performance.

The three phase project is expected to be completed in 2015 will add new learning facilities, computer laboratories, research facilities and offices.

Bath and North East Somerset Council is expected to make a decision on the university’s application by October 2012.

The university is planning to complete the first phase of redevelopment by September 2013, subject to planning consent.


Image: A new £26m teaching building featuring two 350-seat auditoria and 30-seat group lecture rooms. Photo: courtesy of The University of Bath.