The University of Bath has announced plans to spend £100 million on improving its campus over the next three years that will enhance student experience and create new jobs in the building trades.
The University’s major refurbishment programme announced today will provide 708 en-suite bedrooms in 75 flats across two buildings and deliver increased space for teaching and research improved facilities, creating employment opportunities for people in the building engineering sector.
A new multimillion Art Centre will be built by the autumn of 2014 including general teaching building facilities with a main 350-seat lecture theatre which is due to open in October 2013
Building plans have been submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council which is expected to reach a decision and give the green light to the improvement scheme by October 2012.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell, said: “Despite continuing economic uncertainty and the changing tuition fee landscape, the University of Bath is facing the future with great confidence.
“Our aim is to further enhance the university’s ability to deliver an outstanding student experience; creating additional facilities for research, and an inspiring working environment, as well as providing cultural and economic benefits for the wider Bath region.”
Housing developers facing financial difficulties will be able to bid for at least £100 million of investment to get work restarted on stalled sites under the Get Britain Building Programme, the Homes and Community Agency (HCA) has revealed.
Following the announcement by the HCA, housebuilders with as few as 15 houses, which have been suspended, will have the chance to put their bid forward until 25 July 2012.
Development is underway on sites in Ashford, Kent and Bath whilst funding has been allocated to 40 schemes set to deliver more than 3,200 new homes once contracts are agreed.
Chief Executive at the HCA Pat Ritchie said: “It has been a tremendous effort from the industry and the HCA to get this programme up and running, and with more than £110 million allocated I look forward to seeing these developments progressing to build much needed housing.
“We will continue to be thorough in our due diligence, and will only support those schemes backed by the community, which boost the local economy and provide a secure and value for money investment for the taxpayer.” – added Ms Ritchie.
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Career Structure report that Lovell has been awarded a £7.8 million contract to demolish 50 existing homes in the Southlands area of Bath, which were built in the 1950’s and are classed as derelict. The work is expected to start this month and be completed by next summer, and will see 74 new homes and flats built on the site of the 50 homes that will be demolished.
Out of these new 74 homes, 58 will be available for affordable rent, and the remaining 16 will be for first-time buyers under the New Build HomeBuy scheme.
This scheme by Lovell sounds like a great idea. As well as creating a number of trades jobs in building and fitting the homes, it will help first-time buyers get onto the housing ladder and buy a property, which is hard to do with the current financial climate.
What do you think about these plans in Bath?