[Press and Public Relations] Work Due to Begin on Increased Campus Facilities

January 2002

No 16

Work is due to start within weeks on a multi-million pound investment in new campus facilities at the University of Leicester.

The University, celebrating its 80th Anniversary this year, aims to enhance its international academic standing even further through the establishment of new centres of excellence in science and medicine.

The 30 million investment will result in two new buildings on campus, the creation of new laboratories and the purchase of new equipment. In addition, a 3 million refurbishment programme will be undertaken. Work on the erection of the new Biomedical Sciences building is due to start in late February.

Marketing Director Lynne James said: "We are proud of our teaching and research achievement, which places us in the UK's top 20 universities. Sustaining this position in a highly competitive global market demands continual advancement.  World-class research and education has to be underpinned with world-class facilities."

The new projects are:

Biomedical Science Research Building; In September 1999 the University obtained planning permission for a new Biomedical Sciences Research Building on the old allotment land to the rear of Lancaster Place. It is envisaged that a start on site will be made in late February 2002.

Space Research and Multidisciplinary Modelling Centre (SR&MMC); following the successful completion of the first phase of the Space Research building a combined research facility is now to be provided.

Chemistry and Archaeology refurbishment; the combined refurbishment of the existing George Porter and Chemistry Research Buildings to create academic and research facilities for both the Chemistry and Archaeology departments.

NOTES TO NEWSDESK: For more information on these projects, please contact Paul Goffin, Deputy Director of Estates and Buildings on 0116 252 2507.




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