Science building investment will “change the way students learn”

FUTURISTIC: Artists impression of the new-look Orion building.

FUTURISTIC: Artists impression of the new-look Orion building.

A MULTI-MILLION pound revamp of a Teesside University Science and Engineering building is set to “change the way students learn”.

The University is ploughing £6 million into creating a “futuristic look” for the Science and Engineering school’s Orion building, on Southfield Road.

The building will be remodelled to include a three-storey glass extension, allowing passers-buy to “see the latest technologies in action” and bring it in line with more modern buildings such as the Phoenix and newly-announced Campus Heart.

The refurbishment will also include a 200-seat auditorium, new laboratories and workshops, as well as an investment into the latest industry standard equipment. A flight simulation laboratory will also be developed for aerospace engineering students, with a full-size aircraft for design projects.

Malcolm Page, Chief Operating Officer of the University, said: “This is part of a major programme of investment to enhance the experience and support we provide to students on our campus.”

The work comes as part of a £30 million investment into the University, which includes the new £20m Campus Heart building next to the library, due to open in Summer 2015.

BRIGHT SPARK: Danielle looks forward to the redevelopment.

BRIGHT SPARK: Danielle looks forward to the redevelopment.

Danielle Fuller, who studies Biology in the Orion buildings, said: “The new building proposals sound fantastic and me and my classmates can’t wait to move in when it opens in the summer.

“It’s one of the older buildings at the University and we’re all pleased that it is being brought up to date.”

Peter Ward, who also studies Sciences at the University, added: “I’m really excited that the University is investing more into science and giving us even more tools to succeed on our courses.

“The new building is definitely going to change the way we learn.”

The building, which is set to open in Summer 2015,  will be concentrated on four key areas, including the manufacturing industry, power engineering, aerospace engineering and a new centre for testing.


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