Monday 10 August 2015When you arrive at Queen Mary at the start of term, you may notice a number of construction works going on at the Mile End campus. QMUL offers access to unparalleled state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities in London. But we are going further, investing in all of our campuses, and when you arrive you will see several buildings undergoing exceptional transformations.
The new Graduate Centre is an exciting and essential development for QMUL, and will provide much-needed facilities for our growing postgraduate population and a new home for the School of Economics and Finance, as well as teaching and learning space for all QMUL students. There will be a 200-seat lecture theatre and around 7,700 square metres of academic and teaching space, a welcome and registration centre, and a ground floor café.
Over the summer we’ve been installing energy-producing solar panels on the Mile End Library roof. The panels are expected to produce 32.43 MWh of generated energy within their first year, the equivalent of the electricity used by 2.4 homes, and a CO2 saving of 17.155 tonnes per year, the equivalent of 8,358 kg coal burned. Not only does the installation make a positive contribution to our sustainability efforts at QMUL, it also provides research, teaching and learning opportunities for our students.
We’re now embarking on a major £30 million redevelopment over the next three years to modernise and enhance the building and facilities of the Engineering Building, to create an inspirational environment for the staff and students of the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Engineering and Materials Science. The first phase of work will see the undergraduate teaching space and surrounding teaching laboratories transformed, using state-of-the-art learning equipment. Further work will include the development of a creative engineering hub and a brand new robotics engineering lab.
The School of Mathematical Sciences will also be transformed through a £20 million development, with extra teaching and learning space, including additional lecture theatre capacity and teaching rooms, available to all students at QMUL. The building will be extended and will feature a new glass atrium and roof garden. It will also be a flagship sustainable, energy-efficient building.