£59 million to be invested in new university facilities
Over the course of the next 18 months, the University of York will reveal a variety of new teaching and leisure facilities, including a brand new lecture building, sports hall and science laboratory area. The total cost of these new facilities amounts to a £59 million investment, it has been announced. The University has described these new facilities as evincing that it is currently undergoing “an unprecedented period of expansion and renewal.”
The first new facility to make its debut on campus will be the £13.8 million Spring Lane Learning and Teaching Building, which will open during the coming autumn term. The building, which will boast a 350 seat lecture theatre, 26 seminar rooms and multiple study meeting areas, aims to modernise the university’s teaching facilities.
Next to come, also in the last term of 2016, is the £16 million Biology teaching and laboratory facility. This new three-storey building will unite all laboratory teaching and student administration support under the same roof, with the new innovation of project workspace for postgraduate students.
Additionally, a new £2.2 million Sports Hall is anticipated in November 2016. This building will replace the former sports facility and will aim to provide a more centralised area for exercise. It will consist of a premier standard, multi-sports court for recreational and performance level basketball, netball, badminton, futsal, hockey and volleyball. To ensure that as many students are able to benefit from the new facility as possible, the area can be divided into three sections, each able to accommodate a basketball or volleyball court or even up to four badminton courts.
Planned for 2018, is the Piazza Building on Campus East. It will house a number of exciting new facilities, including a 350-seat auditorium, a 350-seat restaurant opposite the lake, 30 flexible learning spaces and a large open-plan area for student activities and societies.
The new International Pathway College, whose opening was reported in The Yorker last week, will also begin to operate from the Piazza Building as soon as it opens.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Koen Lamberts commented:
“This new investment will create a number of natural campus hubs for students to be able to work, both independently and as a team, in a vibrant and creative space. Our campus is designed to encourage collaboration and bring students together to share ideas and support each other as they progress through their studies… By investing in our campus we aim to provide an environment that students will enjoy living and working in. We have a diverse student community and it is important that our facilities serve their needs and prepare them for successful careers in the future.”