De Montfort University students to benefit from multi-million pound campus transformation
The £42 million contract includes the construction of striking new buildings for the university’s schools of fashion and textiles, art, design and architecture.

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The project will include the creation of the Jonathan KS Choi Creative and Cultural Centre, as well as a rebuilt Fletcher Tower which will make for a dramatic new landmark in the West End of the city.
The £136 million campus transformation project aims to radically improve the facilities and buildings available to students.

Architectural students will be able to experience the whole design and build process with art, design, graphics and interior design students working on elements within the interior of the buildings.
The redevelopment of the campus building will also offer computer programming students with the opportunity to work on illustrations showing what the campus will look like on completion.

David Carrott, director of estates for DMU, said:

 “Getting involved in such a major project is going to be an incredible experience for our students and a superb way of preparing to enter the world of work.

“After all, putting on your CV that you helped one of the world’s leading construction companies with a £42 million building project is going to look pretty impressive.”

Other works in the pipeline include the expansion of the current Students’ Union. The project is expected to be completed in 2016.

University Buildings and growing student demands

The shift in England from public funding to increased fees means that student’s expectations and demands with regards to the universities they choose continues to increase.

There is no doubt that Universities around the world are working harder to provide more unconditional offers, better facilities and a better university experience all round.

A recent survey conducted by One Poll on behalf of the Association of University Directors of Estates (Aude), suggested that the quality of facilities at UK universities plays a big role when students decide on a particular establishment. More than three-quarters of 2,000 students questioned revealed that the facilities at their prospective university influenced their decision.

Managing student expectations is a focus that universities, schools and undergraduates would benefit from. Investment in building and facilities not only improves the campus environment but the student overall experience as well.   

Andrew Burgess, chairman-elect, at Aude and deputy chief operating officer at Loughborough University, said:

 "There is a clear link between the buildings and accommodation on offer at a university and the desirability of that establishment to potential students.

"With the [higher education] sector becoming increasingly a buyer's market - more choice for students who are paying increasing tuition fees (currently up to £9,000 a year) - directors of estates always have to keep students at the forefront of their decision-making.

Managing student expectations is a focus that universities, schools and undergraduates would benefit from. Investment in building and facilities not only improves the campus environment but the student overall experience as well.   

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