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University of Bath sets out £100m expansion plans

The University of Bath will invest more than £100 million under a three-year campus improvement programme, it has announced.

The proposals, subject to planning consent, include new buildings and refurbishment of existing facilities.

The four proposed schemes are:

  • New General Teaching Accommodation building

New £26m teaching facilities including twin 350-seat lecture theatres as well as smaller lecture rooms. The building will be connected to the main campus parade with a ‘Skywalk’ bridge. The facilities are scheduled to open in October 2013, subject to planning consent

  • New Student Accommodation complex

The £43m campus will provide 708 additional en-suite bedrooms on campus, reducing the pressure of student housing within the city of Bath. The residence will also house a refectory seating 350. Due to open in summer 2014.

  • New Centre for the Arts

This will provide the University and surrounding community with a £10.9m new venue for a public programme of arts events and activities. Facilities will include a theatre, performance and rehearsal studios, a gallery, teaching facilities and a cafe. Due to open in autumn 2014.

  • 1 West refurbishment

This will deliver increased space for teaching and research and improved facilities for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Computer Science. The £22m refurbishment will improve the environmental performance of the building. The £22m programme will be split into three phases, beginning in June 2012 and running until September 2013 (phase 1); opening September 2014 (phase 2) and September 2015 (phase 3).

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