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£59m investment into new University of York teaching and learning facilities

The University of York will unveil a number of new teaching and leisure facilities over the next 18 months, including a new lecture building, sports hall and laboratory space.

First to open its doors in the Autumn of 2016 was the £13.8m Spring Lane Learning and Teaching Building, which provides modern teaching spaces, including a 350 seat lecture theatre, 26 seminar rooms and study meeting areas.  

The start of the Autumn term also saw the opening of the £16m Biology teaching and laboratory facility. The new three-storey building brings together all laboratory teaching and student administration support under the same roof, with the addition of project workspace for postgraduate students.

The University of York’s new £12.5 million environment building was officially opened after a launch event in October with Professor Ian Boyd, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser. The new building houses the University’s Environment Department, the Stockholm Environment Institute York (SEI), the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI) and BioArCh, a research group covering biology, archaeology and chemistry.

It also includes a suite of 12 interdisciplinary laboratories and innovative teaching and learning spaces, a living wall, solar panel system and an outdoor eco garden.

Heslington East- John Houlihan
Heslington East – John Houlihan

Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor and President, expressed his positivity towards the wide-scale planned investment, commenting, “this new investment will create a number of natural campus hubs for students to be able to work, both independently and as a team, in a vibrant and creative space. Our campus is designed to encourage collaboration and bring students together to share ideas and support each other as they progress through their studies.”

He also affirmed the importance of catering for the needs of the range of students at the university: “we have a diverse student community and it is important that our facilities serve their needs and prepare them for successful careers in the future.”

Improving facilities

A £2.2m Sports Hall is expected to open in November 2016, which will replace the former sports facility and provide a central, premier standard, multi-sports court for recreational and performance level basketball, netball, badminton, futsal, hockey and volleyball. The area can be divided into three sections, which can each accommodate a basketball or volleyball court or up to four badminton courts.

Work has also started on the Piazza Building on Campus East, which will be home to a 350-seat auditorium, a 350-seat restaurant opposite the lake, 30 flexible learning spaces and a large open-plan area for student activities and societies.

Diverse community

The University’s new International Pathway College (IPC) will move to the Piazza Building when it opens in 2018. The IPC, which welcomed its first cohort of students in Autumn Term, provides academic preparation programmes for more than 300 international students looking to progress to degree programmes at York.