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University of Warwick team to brief MIPIM - Europe’s biggest property fair - on £250 million of investment

Representatives for the University of Warwick are joining Coventry’s team at MIPIM (Europe’s biggest property and development) fair, in Cannes from 11-15 March 2019 and will be outlining the University’s current £250 million building programme to developers and outlining its future plans to potential investors in other parts of Coventry, Warwickshire and the West Midlands. In this period when the UK’s future economic relations with the rest of Europe are in such flux this influential event is more important than ever to Coventry and its region.The Warwick team will give developers and potential future partners for our city and region more details on current work on the campus including:

DAC artist impressionThe £10m WMG Degree Apprenticeship Centre for the high value manufacturing sector.
The new Centre, funded by the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, will have an initial capacity for 1,000 students. The apprentices, who will be employed by companies, will undertake their academic studies at the WMG Degree Apprenticeship Centre, which will be on the University of Warwick campus. Further investment above that £10 million will enable the WMG Degree Apprenticeship Centre to be the first part of an even larger future Degree Apprenticeship complex on the Warwick campus training students in an even wider range of Degree Apprenticeships and work-based learning programmes.

Warwick Arts Centre is just about to begin
Phase 2 of its 20:20 redevelopment project funded by £4.2m in National Lottery funding from Arts Council England. Starting over the Easter period – we will see the building remodelled to house new cinemas and a large, accessible ground floor gallery. The new building will showcase the very best in contemporary art and entertainment including a new restaurant, offering a welcoming environment for everyone. This work is due to be completed by Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture in 2021.

Faculty of Arts artist impressionBuilding will soon commence on a new £58 million Faculty of Arts building that will unite all of the Faculty of Arts Departments creating 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 culture and cultural research and learning, again a particularly fitting development in the run up to Coventry being the UK’s City of Culture in 2021.

Cryfield student villageCryfield Village
- Work is well underway to build a new and rather different set of student residences. The new residences at Cryfield Village. The £55 million development will essentially be a miniature village on campus - a series of townhouse-style apartments and studios with a hub in the centre.

Work will soon begin on the new £54 million the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building (IBRB) - a new state-of-the-art research building on Warwick’s Gibbet Hill campus that will bring together up to 300 biomedical researchers from across the School of Life Sciences and Warwick Medical School to research new ways to overcome human diseases. The work there will focus on understanding the origins and mechanistic basis of diseases of the body and brain, with the aim of finding new ways to extend healthy life spans. It will build on our existing world-class research in neuroscience, microbiology and infection, cell biology, and disease models, supporting and facilitating interdisciplinary biomedical research of the highest quality. Some of Warwick’s Life Science and Medical School researchers who will work in that building will share their work as part of the University of Warwick’s hosting of the British Science Festival in September 2019.

Sport hub sport hallConstruction has just completed on Warwick’s new £49 million brand new
Sports and Wellness Hub which will open on the University of Warwick campus in April 2019. This is a world-class sports facility opening for you. Our incredible facility boasts 230 station gym, 25m 12 lane swimming pool, indoor climbing centre, 6 squash courts, multi-purpose sports halls and much, much more. It becomes part of a series of major developments supporting sports and physical activity for all across Coventry opening in the year the city celebrates its winning of European City of Sport and Coventry and Warwickshire’s Year of Wellbeing (2019).


Future developments planned for the University of Warwick will include:

  • New student residences on the University’s Westwood campus
  • New IT infrastructure in partnership with leading global IT and networking company Cisco which is planned to cost in excess of £10 million
  • Research developments are planned for the University of Warwick’s Wellsbourne campus in south Warwickshire. Initial plans are exploring the potential for departments including Warwick’s School of Life Sciences, Warwick Medical School (WMS) and WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) to embark on new research work on that site.

For further information please contact:

Peter Dunn, Director of Press and Media Relations, University of Warwick
Tel UK 024 76523708 office 07767 655860 mobile

PJD 7th March 2019