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Birmingham University Aims to Facilitate Interdisciplinary Learning

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The University of Birmingham has revealed its plans for a new building named Central Teaching Labs, that form part of the universities £300m campus expansion.

The facilities will be focused towards chemistry, electronics and virtual teaching and will be located next to its existing Murray Learning Centre and Biosciences Building. The goal is to harmonise and bring together the university's science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields into a shared facility.

The proposed Central Teaching Labs will fit over three storeys and cover a total of 72,120 sq ft. According to plans it will also have enough space for 22 cars as well as 27 bikes.

The development has been designed by Sheppard Robson with the aim of providing a complex that will help facilitate interdisciplinary working across five disciplines within a collaboration space.

The re-development of the campus has been ongoing for several years and once complete will come equipped with a new 50-metre swimming pool, library, halls of residence and hotel and conference centre.