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Campus Developments

A campus for the future

Read more about what we’re developing on campus, how it will support our ambition to be a world-renowned University and what it will all mean for you.

Campus development projects to 2022

Capital Plan Hybrid Planning Application

Hybrid Application Project Map

Over the next 5 years, the University is embarking on its next phase of building works, which includes nine development projects. These include:

  • A new Faculty of Arts on the central campus
  • A new Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building (IBRB) at Gibbet Hill
  • Residences for up to 1,000 students

As these combined projects will give rise to new floorspace and new parking requirements which are not reflected in the 2009 Masterplan, a new planning application was required.

In this context, the University prepared a single planning application to cover all nine projects and enable their combined impacts to be considered together. The application was submitted to Coventry City Council as all projects lie within Coventry’s administrative boundary. Planning permssion was granted on 15 November 2018.

The application was a ‘hybrid’ planning application as some of the projects were submitted for detailed approval and others were submitted for outline approval only. It included a revised Travel Plan which set targets for the increased use of public transport, car sharing and cycle use as well as set new car parking limits, tied to a new (S106) legal agreement.

Find out more about the proposals here.

Future Projects

Warwick Business School Extension

Artists impression of proposed Warwick Business School building extension

Warwick Business School (WBS) has a vision to be Europe's leading University-based Business School, developing transformational ideas and people that shape how we do business.

To help the school to achieve this ambition, the WBS building will be extended and refurbished to provide students and academic staff with the best possible facilities and spaces to learn, teach and carry out research.

The project will provide additional space to house new academic offices, PhD offices, an MBA lecture theatre and associated syndicate rooms and an additional traditional lecture theatre with support rooms.

The project will take place over three phases, with Phase 4a due to commence during 2020.

Current Projects

Faculty of Arts Building

Artists impression of proposed Faculty of Arts BuildingOur vision for a new Faculty building is to create a space that is open, inviting and flexible, enabling collaboration, creativity and innovation to flourish. A space that will act as a hub both for public engagement in the arts and humanities and for nurturing cultural value. A space, most importantly, that will unite all of the Faculty of Arts departments from Millburn House and the Humanities Building under one roof and provide specialist facilities to support their work.

Planning permission for this project was granted as part of our Capital Plan hybrid planning application.

Find out more about these proposals here and this project specifically here.

Warwick Arts Centre Redevelopment

Artists impression of proposed Warwick Arts Centre redevelopmentWarwick Arts Centre 20:20 Capital Project has now commenced and aims to refresh, renew and redevelop the existing building, which was constructed in 1974, and create a modern, updated, larger space in which to continue the organisation’s distinctive, creative, artistic and cultural programme.

The Warwick 20:20 Capital Project involves the removal of the existing gallery and cinema and replacement with a large ground floor exhibition space/gallery, three high-quality digital auditoria, with 250, 180 and 60 seats, a new restaurant and extended foyers.

There are plans to develop digital exhibitions, install facilities to broadcast live significant cultural and sporting events, and to be a hub for digital research and design, contemporary visual arts, cultural tourism and business training as well as creating networking and conferencing suites.

Warwick Arts Centre will remain open for a wide range of events and entertainment throughout the redevelopment programme.

Find out more about the project here.

Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building

Artists impression of the proposed IBRBWe plan to invest £54.3M in a new state-of-the-art research building on the Gibbet Hill campus that will bring together up to 300 biomedical researchers from across the School of Life Sciences and Warwick Medical School to fight human diseases.

It will provide the two Schools with a world-class environment, including a new 400-seat lecture theatre and many new social and collaboration spaces, in which to train future generations of biomedical researchers.

Planning permission for this project was granted as part of our Capital Plan hybrid planning application.

Find out more about these proposals here and this project specifically here.

Cryfield Residences

Cryfield Village

Phase 1 of the development of new residences at Cryfield Village is now complete and has opened to its first student residents. The new residences are a series of townhouse-style apartments and studios.

Phase 1 has provided 383 new bedrooms, forming part of an overall University investment of £62m in new student accommodation which will see 830 new bedrooms on campus.

The new residences are fitted with 151 photovoltaic panels that convert the sun's energy to electricity, supporting the University's aim to reach net zero carbon by 2030. The panels will provide over 36,000 kWh of energy per year - enough to provide electricity for ten family homes!

Phases 2 and 3 of the development have now started and are due to complete during the academic year. We will also see the demolition of the old Redfern accommodation and will aim to minimise disruption during this period.

Find out more here.

Recently Completed

Sport Hub and Wellness Hub

Sport and Wellness Hub

Our new Sport and Wellness Hub is now open.

We aim to have the most physically active campus community in the UK by 2020, offering the world-class sporting experience you'd expect of a world-class University. That's why we've invested in a new Sport and Wellness Hub on campus and in the improvement of our existing sports facilities.

Located off Leighfield Road, the facility includes a spacious 230-station gym and a 25-metre, 12-lane swimming pool – both enjoying views of the surrounding woodland. It also features a 12-court sports arena, six glass-backed squash courts and a cutting-edge climbing centre.

The design also has sustainability at the heart, incorporating architectural and technical to leave a smaller footprint on the planet. The building has already won the ‘Award for Excellence’ at the annual Sports and Play Construction Association (SAPCA) awards.

The Sport Hub forms a part of our wider strategy to encourage a healthy University life and to bring world-class facilities to our international campus. It is be available to our students, our staff and the general public.

Please visit Warwick Sport for more information.

Kirby Corner Car Park

Kirby Corner Car Park

Having opened in January 2019, Kirby Corner Car Park offers circa 1,300 spaces. The car park features wider parking bays, electric vehicle charging bays and motorcycle parking. The multi-storey has colour-coded floors, a lift, excellent lighting and security standards and no pillars.

Located on the highway periphery, with access from Kirby Corner Road, Gibbet Hill Road and University Road, Kirby Corner Car Park has an ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition)-enabled access system, meaning valid permit holders can drive straight in without needing to swipe through a barrier.

This car park will be well-connected to Central Campus via a new route to University Road.

This project is just one part of our longer-term vision for parking on campus, which will see the vast majority of parking spaces moved to the periphery of campus, with better pedestrian, cycle and shuttlebus connections to buildings.

You can read more about this on our car parking pages.

Professor Lord Bhattacharrya Building

Artists impression of the NAIC

The Professor Lord Bhattacharyya Building houses the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC). NAIC is a joint venture between Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors with funding from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund. The NAIC creates and develops novel technologies to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and to reduce CO2 emissions. As well as housing work on the latest advances in automotive technology, the NAIC helps to develop a stronger supplier base in the UK. Find out more about the NAIC here.

Mathematical Sciences Building

The Mathematical Sciences BuildingWe've completed construction of our new Mathematical Science Building, adjacent to the existing Maths and Stats building (Zeeman Building) and the Computer Science building, in Academic Square, on central campus.

This facility supports our Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Sciences departments in their work - work that can have a profound impact on our society, our communities and our cities. The project won £2 million in funding from the Wolfson Foundation.

The 6 storey high building provides space for research, teaching and collaboration and will house staff who work on interdisciplinary initiatives like the Alan Turing Institute (ATI), the national institute for data science, of which Warwick is a founding member .

Materials Engineering Centre

The Materials Engineering Centre

The Materials Engineering Centre (MEC) is a fast-track new build project that took just 18 months from inception to completion in October 2018.

The MEC has created more research space for applications-driven, “engineering scale” research into multi-materials and hybrid structures. This will open up new collaborative opportunities with our business partners, bringing benefits to the local economy.

The MEC will be a key facility for the Global Research Priority in Materials and will contribute to the Energy, Innovative Manufacturing and Sustainable Cities priorities. It will support WMG in their Research Technology Platforms objective to provide a significant increase in research infrastructure.



“New buildings are and will continue to be a part of our everyday existence. We need to open one new academic building a year from now until at least 2023. We need new student accommodation; a new sports centre; a redeveloped Arts Centre. In order to do this and to keep Warwick as one of the world’s leading universities, we need to do this together, involving the whole community.”

- Stuart Croft,

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