City University London unveils development plans to local residents
Plans for a £130 million redevelopment of facilities at City University London have been shared with the local community. The event, at Finsbury Public Library, outlined City's Estates Plan which will transform University buildings in Northampton Square and the surrounding area.
Local residents were asked to provide feedback as part of the pre-planning consultation on a number of projects. These included:
- Construction of a new landmark building on Sebastian Street, housing facilities for research and enterprise. This will include lecture theatres and study spaces for City's postgraduate community, who make up more than a third of the overall student body.
- Relocation of the Students' Union away from predominantly residential areas on Spencer Street. A new entrance on Goswell Road will reduce night time pedestrian traffic and special acoustic glazing will be used to contain noise
- Improvements to the pedestrian link between Spencer Street and Northampton Square.
- New Sight and Speech patient clinics, operated by City's School of Health Sciences. These form part of new state-of-the-art teaching space in premises facing Ashby Street. Training facilities include a hospital ward, X-ray suites, speech and language laboratories, and Optometry Teaching Labs.
These projects are in addition to the construction of a new sports centre on Goswell Road, which will be open to the local community when completed in autumn 2014.
Professor Richard Verrall, Pro Vice-Chancellor Strategy and Planning said: "The University is committing significant investment to build new facilities to meet the changing nature of education and research, creating high-quality academic and social spaces. It will result in an environment of which staff, students and the local community can be justifiably proud."
Sustainability will be a key component of building work, with new and replacement features being upgraded in terms of environmental performance. Building materials will be recycled wherever possible and new tree planting and soft landscaping will improve the public realm.
Speaking about the exhibition Kevin Gibbons, Director of Property and Facilities, said: "The feedback received so far has been encouraging, with local residents showing a keen interest in the plans. We will continue to consult with the public and listen to their views on our proposals."
Planning submissions for the main applications will be made in July. For further information and to give feedback on the plans visit www.city.ac.uk/buildingthevision