A Gateway to academic excellence

A Gateway to academic excellence

Work has started on a £55million state-of-the-art building that is set to transform student life at the University of Salford.

The “Gateway Project” is scheduled to open in early 2016 and will create a stylish entrance to the campus from Salford Crescent rail station.

It will also be home to the university’s School of Arts and Media, although there will be space for other subjects.

University bosses say the development shows their commitment to creating an environment that will “encourage academic excellence”.

The fantastic facilities planned include a theatre, recording and photography studios, café areas, performance and rehearsal spaces, computer suites and lecture theatres.

The green space and paved areas in Chapman Square will also provide a perfect venue for students and staff to relax and socialise.

The Gateway Project is part of a wider vision to create a world-class campus that has already seen some major investment and work.

Last year the university refurbished and extended the Sixties Chapman Building in a £9m development.

And during the summer it spent an additional £1m upgrading and improving library services.

Two years ago Salford’s MediaCityUK campus was opened to give students the opportunity to study in the centre of the North’s media industry. The investment of £30m has resulted in a surge of popularity for media and digital courses offered by university.

Commenting on the university website, Director of Estates Stephen Talboys said: “This is an exciting time for the university as we begin this major investment in our future campus that will continue to attract students locally, nationally and internationally.”


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