Exciting plans for new teaching and learning centre approved

London Met is to go ahead with plans to create a new 4-storey facility for students at Holloway campus.
Date: 28 July 2017

London Metropolitan University is going ahead with its plans to create a new teaching and learning centre at the heart of Holloway campus following planning and Governors’ approval.

As part of a multi-million pound project to establish a unified single campus in Islington, London Met will transform its current two-storey building, known as J Block, into a vibrant four-storey social learning hub that will provide a number of benefits for students, staff and members of the local community.

Designed by the award-winning practice Design Engine, the new building will feature 25 teaching spaces installed with the latest classroom technology. The facility will host a variety of connected social learning spaces fitted with modern furnishings to support innovative learning and collaborative work. The plans also include a major new catering facility for the campus.

The J Block project is a major part of the institution’s plans to completely transform and enhance the teaching and learning experience while promoting social inclusion.

A new public square, designed by the renowned landscape architecture practice Gustafson Porter + Bowman, will be created at the heart of the campus.

The plans have received an overwhelmingly positive response from students, staff and local residents who were engaged in consultation as proposals developed in the spring.

Fashion Marketing and Journalism student Barbara Sike said: “I am so excited that this project is happening. The new facilities will really enhance our learning experience while enabling all students at London Met to come together, which is important to us.

“It will also give us students the opportunity to interact more with our local community, having an open space where we can host events and exhibitions. I think it’s going to do amazing things for our community as a whole.”

Professor John Raftery, Vice Chancellor of London Met, said: “We are excited about our plans to create a new Teaching and Learning Building and public space in Islington – both of which will significantly transform and enhance the experience of our students, staff and local residents.

“It is important to us that our local neighbours feel they are a part of the London Met community. Collaboration is one of our core values and we believe that creating a safe and welcoming environment in which our students, staff and local neighbours can gather, will create great benefits for all of us and the wider borough.

“This development will greatly enhance our students’ learning and teaching and shows how serious we are about investing in education here in Holloway.”

Having now received the approval of both Islington Council and London Met’s Board of Governors, works will begin in spring 2018. The new facility is expected to open in 2019.

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