The next phase of Teesside University’s Campus Heart development is getting underway with a significant refurbishment of the School of Science & Engineering’s Orion building.
Hoardings are being put in place for work to start in early March with £6m being ploughed into the Orion building and its facilities.
The development will see the integration of a flight simulation laboratory, a full size aircraft to be used for physical and load testing and a power system simulator laboratory.
It forms part of the overall £30m Campus Heart development, set for completion in the summer, which will completely transform the look and feel of the University and enhance the student experience.
Teesside University has invested a quarter of a billion pound in its estate in recent years and earlier this year purchased the former Teesside Central Building on Borough Road to provide new, modern student accommodation opposite the Middlesbrough campus.
Due to be completed in September, the enlarged Orion building will include a three storey glass extension enabling passers-by to see the latest technologies, along with extensive refurbishment of its laboratories and workshops, and significant additional state of the art equipment.
The university’s chief operating officer Malcolm Page said: “This is the next exciting phase of a major programme of investment to enhance the campus and provide the best possible student experience.”
Professor Simon Hodgson, Dean of the university’s School of Science & Engineering, added: “This development will benefit our students across our whole range of professionally accredited courses and help us to maintain our position as a university committed to producing graduates with outstanding skills in technical problem solving and innovation, destined to become the next generation of leaders of our science and engineering industries.”
The university says work on the Orion building is concentrated on 21st century process and manufacturing industry, power engineering, aerospace engineering and a new centre for testing and characterisation.