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University Announces Expansion Double

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Friar Gate Square

Friar Gate Square

Bondholder University of Derby celebrates twice after announcing a combined 80,000 sq ft of expansion plans to its portfolio.

First of all, the stunning £20 million copper building in the city, Friar Gate Square, is to become new home to Derby Law School. Occupying 32,000 sq ft over six floors there shall be:

  • an open plan specialist law library;
  • additional and modern teaching and lecture rooms; and
  • two fully compliant court rooms – Magistrates and Family Court.
“Having invested £1.5 million in our law offer we now house some of the country’s most advanced facilities, including courtrooms, crime labs, interviewing suites and a crime house.”
— Malcolm Todd, Dean of College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Derby

The planned £12million building extension for STEM subjects

The planned £12million building extension for STEM subjects

Secondly, the University of Derby has submitted £12million plans for a 48,000 sq ft extension to its Markeaton Street Campus to handle the increasing demand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

The news comes six months after the University secured £5million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

“The need for a STEM centre has been sparked by an 8% increase in the number of students studying engineering and the building will give Derby the much needed space it requires to develop further”
— Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor at University of Derby

Willmott Dixon is the leader contractor on the project. Designs were created by CPMG Architects, while Bondholder Rodgers Leask and CPW will act as structural engineer and building services engineer respectively.

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