MASSIVE changes are on the way for Exeter’s landmark St luke’s campus off Heavitree Road.
Midas Construction is expected to start work on a £10.5 million refurbishment of the South Cloisters later this month.
Residents living nearby have been assured that efforts will be made to minimise disruption.
The work will see new storey added to the building and a four storey extension built.
The project is being driven by projected growth at the Medical School, and the new facilities will benefit all activity at St Luke’s.
Hugh McCann, Director of Estate Development at the University of Exeter, said: “This is an extremely exciting project, which demonstrates the University’s ongoing commitment to providing the best possible student experience at St Luke’s. We will work closely with Midas, campus users and residents to ensure we keep everyone informed and minimise disruption. This significant investment will prove a real asset to all activities across the Campus.”
Professor Steve Thornton, Dean of the University of Exeter Medical School, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that this refurbishment will soon be under way. It will help to accommodate our plans for growth and will provide a modern facility for medical research, and for teaching and learning across all Colleges. ”
Alan Hope, Chief Executive for Midas Group, said: “As a company based in Exeter it is fantastic to be part of the University’s expansion plans, it is also good news for local employment and sub-contractors in the area.”
Midas is expected to deliver the student study space, above Cloisters Café, ready for it to open during the Autumn term 2014.
The research areas are expected to open in February 2015, and the new teaching space, in the four storey extension, is scheduled to open in September 2015.
Parking at St Luke’s will not be affected by the works. Cloisters Café will remain open and games will continue as usual on the lawn.
For more information see www.exeter.ac.uk/stlukesfeedback.