University Of Winchester Expanding

University gets go ahead for new £5.6 million Learning and Teaching Building.

The University of Winchester has been given the green light by Winchester City planners to build a state-of-the-art £5.6 million Learning and Teaching Building. The development will include eight new lecture rooms and extensive landscaping, creating an impressive central piazza at the heart of the King Alfred Campus.

"This is an exciting development for the University," said Tommy Geddes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester. "The Learning and Teaching Building will provide a fantastic new facility for both current and prospective students, particularly important as the University enters a time of heightened competition and a new fee regime."

There will be six 80 seat lecture rooms and two 70 seat lecture rooms, four of the eight rooms will be double height. Plans include an atrium linking the new building with the existing St Edburga building sited on an upper level of the University campus. The atrium will also contain a high quality mezzanine area with open access PCs and social learning areas.

"The student experience remains uppermost in our mind when we consider the planning and design of a new building," added Tommy Geddes. "We want everyone who works here - staff and students - to have first class facilities."

"This is a critical development for Winchester and supports our core mission of learning and teaching, research and community engagement. It's exciting to see building work underway."

The new development will be constructed on the footprint of the University's old Exam Hall and Arts Centre and work should be completed by September 2012.