Plans for new Science Centre submitted
The University of Wolverhampton has laid out its plans
for its new £25m science building at its City Campus.
Plans for the new development have now been submitted to
Wolverhampton City Council for approval.
These include redeveloping the current five storey MB building,
which fronts onto Stafford Street. This will involve demolishing a
current single storey extension and creating a bigger six storey
building covering more than six thousand square metres.
The contemporary look building will feature state-of-the art lab
facilities for around 2,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students
and be home to around 150 staff.
It will also include an area from Stafford Street through which
the public can view the inside of the building and see experiments
and teaching in action.
The new building would re-open as part of a phased approach.
With the first part opening in September 2014 and the remainder in
The project is part of a multi-million pound redevelopment of
its City North and South Campuses and is part of the University’s
masterplan, as well as the wider approach to the regeneration of
Wolverhampton City Centre.
A brand new £15m building is also planned for the University of Wolverhampton Business
School on the City Campus North opposite
This would be located on land between the school’s current MN
base and the School of Health and
Wellbeing’s MH building in Molineux Street. Plans for the
building are currently being devised with a view to deliver it by
Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, Professor
Geoff Layer, said: “It’s exciting to see things really starting to
take shape now and submitting the plans is the next big
“This new facility will really enhance the laboratory provision
for our students and allow us to provide state-of-the-art
“It’s also good news for Wolverhampton and its economy. Not only
does it show that the city is developing and people have confidence
to invest in it but it is also an investment in our students and
getting them better equipped and ready for employment.
“We’d like to think that once work starts it will create a
positive feeling in the city which will help fuel further
As part of the plans the George Building (formerly the Varsity
pub) will be renovated and utilised as a focal point for advice and
information on the University and a new outdoor all-weather sports
pitch is being created at the Lomas Street Halls of Residence
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Date Issued: Friday 15 February 2013