The new Postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development Centre is scheduled to open for students in February 2013.
The five-storey building will provide 4,254sq m of space, including two Harvard-style lecture theatres, a café, quiet study areas and a student lounge, and will contain state-of-the art IT and audiovisual equipment.
Designed to be environmentally friendly, the project team is aiming towards a BREEAM rating of Excellent and the building will also have minimal carbon emissions.
University of Bedfordshire deputy vice chancellor (external relations), Professor Ashraf Jawaid, who is leading the project, commented: “This will be one of the most advanced centres of its kind in the country. It will be open from 8am until 10pm providing study opportunities for full-time graduates and continuing professional development training on a part-time basis for businesses in the locality. We will be working collaboratively with businesses to develop training programmes for their people.”
Kier previously built the £34m Campus Centre on the same site, which opened in 2010, and has recently completed the Fitzroy Court halls of residence, which opened in the town this autumn.