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Planning bosses to discuss Southampton Solent University scheme
AMBITIOUS plans for a £25million overhaul of a university in Southampton could be given the green light today.
Southampton Solent University’s ambitious vision for a new teaching hub will go before the city council’s planning panel.
And if they give the plans the go-ahead, it could be just the first step in a major redevelopment of the entire East Park Terrace campus over the next decade.
As previously reported in the Daily Echo, university bosses unveiled their vision for the new hub earlier this year.
Conceived by architects Scott Brownrigg (CORR), the 9,250sq m building would be centred on a distinctive glass atrium, which would link it to the rest of the site.
Sitting next to the Sir John Everett Millais building, the building would also include lecture and seminar facilities, exhibition space, a suspended pod with a viewing platform and state-of-the-art lighting, acoustics and equipment.
If the planning panel approve the plans on Tuesday, the new building could be completed in 2015.
And the hub is only one part of a long-term plan to redevelop Solent’s entire East Park Terrace campus.
Plans are afoot to build a new sports and sports science complex, a plaza and other new facilities for students, staff and visitors.
Speaking earlier this year, university vice-chancellor Van Gore said: “We have commissioned a high-quality building with purpose and flair that should serve our students, our staff and Southampton well into the future.
“Continuing demand for our courses and strong finances make possible this new investment which is in addition to the £20m we have spent on enhancing our facilities over the last five years.
“These include a new media academy with excellent facilities for all our digital and creative courses, a new school of art and design, FA-accredited sports facilities at Test Park, and business start-up pods for student entrepreneurs.
“The new building project follows major investments in our worldleading maritime facilities, including our new engine room simulator, the manned model ship-handling centre near Romsey and the launch of one of the world’s first super yacht academies.”
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