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City Magazine 2014

Changing spaces

Building the Vision

CitySport sportshallIf you have walked along Goswell Road in the past six months you might have noticed a steel structure rapidly rising out of the ground. This building, due to be completed in early 2015, will be home to City's new sports centre, CitySport, as well as new accommodation for more than 800 students and is part of City's Building the Vision. CitySport will be 75 per cent larger than its predecessor, Saddlers Sports Centre, with more than 100 fitness stations, five multi-sport studios and full disabled access. Built upon the old Saddlers Sports Centre site, the new facility will incorporate over 500 bricks from that building, along with the original marble tablet commemorating our first Director of Exercises, Rudolph Oberholzer.

City has embarked on a five year, £130 million programme of investment in the University's estate and infrastructure, bringing redundant spaces back into use and creating outstanding new academic facilities. Other recently completed projects include the opening of a new facility for Cass Executive Education at 200 Aldersgate, while at the main site in Northampton Square the first element of a three-phase Lecture Space project has delivered stunning new education spaces, created from long-neglected basement areas of the University Building.

Schools have also benefited from the first phase of estate investment. The undergraduate programme at Cass Business School now has enlarged, refurbished accommodation in the Drysdale Building, while The City Law School and the School of Health Sciences have seen substantial investments in academic office space through improvements in the Tait Building and the complete refurbishment of the Gloucester Building.

Engineering facilities have been transformed, as almost the entire lower ground floor of the Tait Building has been reconfigured to provide a new undergraduate laboratory, engineering hall, improved research space and a new wind tunnel.

The School of Health Sciences recently launched its new interdisciplinary Clinical Skills Centre designed to mirror 'real' healthcare environments for students and to enhance their learning and skills before they put them into practice.

Future development plans include a new Students' Union bar and cafe, created on the ground floor of the Tait Building and due to open in late 2014; and an iconic new building on the corner of Sebastian Street for research and postgraduate use.