Construction has started on a state-of-the-art £55 million building, designed by Stride Treglown’s Manchester studio, which will transform student life at the University of Salford when it opens in 2016.
The ‘Gateway Project’ will provide a 17,000m² home for the University’s successful School of Arts & Media. The aim of the project was to consolidate faculty activity, which was previously spread across several separate locations.
The facilities will include a theatre, recording and photography studios, café areas, performance and rehearsal spaces, computer suites and lecture theatres.
Green spaces and paved areas outside the Gateway Project will create a relaxing area for staff, students and local people to sit and take time out from a busy day. Public performances will also take place on the grounds.
In line with the University’s commitment to the environment, the building will be sustainable and energy-efficient with a target of achieving ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating.
Stride Treglown has built up an expertise in higher education media requirements having completed similar projects for Goldsmith’s, Reading and Middlesex universities. The team used that experience to good effect working closely with the users and service providers to review the facilities and requirements of each department to ensure that all their needs were met.
Gordon Tero, Director at Stride Treglown commented:
“This has been a great project to work on and we are really excited to see the designs become a reality. The project for creative resources deserved an exemplar design and we’re confident that this scheme will make a positive contribution to the artistic schools of the University”.
The prestigious building contract has been awarded to BAM Construction and is due for completion in 2016.