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Plans unveiled for new Luton campus

The University of Bedfordshire has revealed its plans for a landmark new student centre as part of the first phase of a £70 million masterplan to regenerate the university’s campus in the centre of Luton

The building, designed by UK-based international architectural practice RMJM, will replace existing outdated facilities located in disparate buildings around the campus.

The plan include a student centre, a 400 seat lecture theatre, exhibition space, modern catering and student support. This latest development at the Luton campus follows a £34 million investment at the University’s Bedford campus which boasts a £20 million en-suite halls of residence, an £8 million state-of-the-art sport science centre and a new campus centre which houses a £4.5 million theatre, a studio, conference rooms, a gallery space and a restaurant.

Graham Blake, director of estates at the University of Bedfordshire said: “The aim of the redevelopment is to give the university a better community feel. We currently have a number of separate buildings and staff and students have to navigate complex routes around various buildings to reach their destination. Although work will take a number of years to complete, the campus will look and feel very different to its current layout and design.”

A full planning application was submitted to Luton Borough Council at the end of September and the decision is expected in December 2008. The university plans for work to begin in March 2009, with the aim of getting the building ready for the start of the 2009/10 academic year.