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Ground-breaking ceremony for Newman University expansion

The ground-breaking ceremony for the Newman University project

MP Gisela Stuart and Councillors John Lines and Des Flood joined staff and students of Newman University and Morgan Sindall for the official ground-breaking ceremony to mark the next stage of Newman’s campus redevelopment.

The university is investing £22 million over the next five years to develop its campus in Bartley Green, Birmingham, starting with the construction of a 108-bedroom hall of residence, state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities and refurbishment of the Chapel.

To accommodate increasing numbers of students choosing Newman University car parking facilities will also expand from 265 to 350 spaces.

The project is part of Newman’s on-going campus development worth £70 million, which has already seen the completion of a new library and entrance building in 2013.

Professor Peter Lutzeier, Vice Chancellor of Newman University, said: “I was delighted to welcome Gisela, John and Des to the university to celebrate this exciting landmark for the project.

“Newman is committed to enabling a formative education for all our students and having access to high-quality accommodation and teaching and learning facilities on site is a key part of that offer. For many students living in halls of residence helps them bridge the gap between family life and independent living, and contributes to their development as resilient, knowledgeable and capable graduates able to make a difference in the world.”

The first of three new accommodation blocks, the building will provide 108 en-suite rooms, arranged as a series of self-contained flats over five floors. Each flat will be wifi enabled, and have a communal open plan kitchen/living space with sofas and TV. The project is due for completion by the end of 2017.

Morgan Sindall’s area director, Richard Fielding added: “It is always an exciting time to start on a new project and begin the process of realising what is an important part of the campus’ redevelopment. Newman University is changing rapidly and we are very pleased to have been entrusted with delivering the latest stage in its physical growth.

“We have seen the build quality of student accommodation progress significantly in recent years and our experience in the sector will assist us with delivering this high quality building.”

Once this stage of work is complete, the project will move onto the third and final stage of development, including additional halls of residence, a new teaching block and the refurbishment of existing buildings. A key component of the project are the very high environmental and sustainability standards for all of the campus redevelopment work, ensuring the environmental impact of the developments are minimised, now and in the future.

The construction of the accommodation building was procured through the Constructing West Midlands Framework to which Morgan Sindall was first appointed in 2011.

For further information, visit www.newman.ac.uk