The University of York is looking to open its doors on new facilities worth £59m, including a new lecture building, sports hall and laboratory space.
Set to open in a matter of weeks the £13.8m Spring Lane Learning and Teaching Building will consist of a new 350-seat lecture theatre, along with 26 seminar rooms and study areas. Meanwhile the £13 million Biology teaching laboratory facility will also open in time for the new academic year.
Later in November a new £2.2 million sports hall will open and will include a multi-sports court which can be used for basketball, netball, badminton, futsal, hockey and volleyball. Work has also begun on the Piazza Building located on Campus East, which will be home to a 350-seat auditorium, a 350-seat restaurant opposite the lake, 30 classrooms and a large open-plan area.
According to vice-chancellor Professor Koen Lamberts, the new spaces will create "natural campus hubs" and allow students to work independently or in teams.
Professor Lamberts also said of the facilities: "By investing in our campus we aim to provide an environment that students will enjoy living and working in. We have a diverse student community and it is important that our facilities serve their needs and prepare them for successful careers in the future."