Permission has been granted for the building of a Centre comprising teaching and office space, accommodation, 24-hour IT provision, lecture theatres, reading and common rooms, a cafeteria and under-cover winter garden.
The structure could be ready as early as January 2015 at the Mile End Anniversary Site, behind the Queens’ Building on the site of the recently-demolished Chemistry building.
Some 123 en-suite residential rooms and one-bed flats are to be built, and the space will provide teaching and learning space for all students, as well as offices, teaching rooms, a mock trading floor and an IT lab for the School of Economics and Finance.
An atrium linking the Engineering Building and People’s Palace will provide cover for a winter garden, enhancing both student facilities and the commercial appeal of the site to external organisations and individuals planning functions and events. Associated improvement works will also take place to the facades of the historic People’s Palace and the Queens’ Building.