The Town House will be a key feature of the University’s Penrhyn Road campus and is the first phase of its £260 million programme to transform the entire estate.
The new building will act as the University’s front door, providing information and assistance, showcasing achievements and supporting collaborations with industry and the arts.
It will include a learning resources centre with library, a covered courtyard designed for events, innovative learning and local civic engagement opportunities, plus specialist space providing flexible learning areas for academic dance courses.
Designed by Grafton Architects, construction of the Town House is set to start in spring, with completion for the start of the academic year in 2019.
Willmott Dixon already has a long track-record of enhancing university estates.
Its £300m recent workload includes creating a ‘living-green wall’ for Teesside University, building and extending Birmingham City University’s Curzon building, creating Bournemouth University’s new flagship ‘Fusion’ building and Leicester University’s Passivhaus certified Centre for Medicine.
It was recently appointed to build an annexe to the Schuster Building for the University of Manchester which is home to the School of Physics and Astronomy and has just completed an upgrade to the University of Derby’s STEM building and new campus in Scarborough for Coventry University.