Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Chance to have a sneak peek at campus redevelopment

Selly Oak residents who want to take a closer look at some of the building work happening at the University of Birmingham will have a unique opportunity to do so, as two of the building sites on campus open their doors as part of a national construction event on 6-7 March.

The event is part of a national weekend of site openings, Open Doors Weekend, which aims to show people what goes on behind the hoardings at building sites, as well as tell them more about a career in the construction industry.

At the University, both the library and new student hub sites will be opened up, free-of-charge, to anyone who books a spot to go along and take a closer look.

The viewing platform on University Square at the new library site will be open to visitors from 10am to 3pm on both days, and staff from contractors Carillion will be on hand to answer questions about the work going on. The new University main Library will provide outstanding facilities for a new generation of students and researchers. It will also be a cultural hub for the University and the city, with an exhibition and event space and cafeteria open to all on the ground floor.

On the same days, Interserve will be opening up the C Block of Aston Webb building, which is being transformed into the new student hub, for visitors to have a guided walking tour of some areas of the block and see how work there is progressing. The tours are available at 10.30am and 2pm on Friday 6 March and 10.30am on Saturday 7 March. The new student services hub will see the interior of the entire block of the Grade II listed Aston Webb building remodelled to house a number of student-facing teams which are currently scattered across campus. 

Viewing slots at both sites must be booked in advance. More information on Open Doors Weekend and details of how to book are available online.