The proposals for the new extension to the Physics and Astronomy building will allow the University to improve the student experience, diversify recruitment, enhance transferable skills and increase the employability of our students. It will also accommodate the recent growth in STEM foundation and physics and astronomy undergraduates.
The £10.6m Schuster Annexe will be built on unoccupied land on the corner of Upper Brook Street and Brunswick Street and will adjoin the existing Schuster Building which was refurbished internally in 2007, providing seamless connections with the academics and students occupying other parts of the School of Physics and Astronomy.
The project, which is part-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), will house innovative collaborative learning spaces, and a flexible new 'ideas mill' will extend the possibilities for teaching and learning in the department. The ideas mill will extend the outreach activities and create a venue for connection and collaboration.
Work is expected to start on site in 2015, with completion scheduled for early 2017.