The new teaching block, designed ‘to provide a unique blend of history and modernity’, forms the first phase of a wider £40m masterplan that will include new student accommodation in the next phase.
Vice-chancellor Professor Frank Morgan said: “We are delighted to be working with Skanska who share our environmental ethos and will use their experience of educational settings to produce an outstanding building of real architectural distinction.”
The building has been designed to achieve a ‘BREEAM excellent’ rating by using energy saving lighting systems and a ‘living’ sedum roof. An energy centre will be built to support the development.
The construction will start mid-2012 and is scheduled for completion in early 2014.