Computer-generated image of the new building

Computer-generated image of how the new building will look.

New School Building plans approved

Exeter City Council Planning Department has given the go-ahead for the next phase of the School's expansion.

The Planning Department at Exeter City Council last night approved an application by the University of Exeter for a new building for its Business School. The project will cost £18 million and is part of a wider £25 million investment in the School which is already underway and will take three years to complete.

This expansion will enable the Business School to considerably increase its capacity and enhance the student experience in light of strong demand for places on its programmes, Building work is expected to commence in July 2009.

Professor Richard Lamming, Director of the Business School said ‘The Business School is vital to the continued success of the University as a whole and will be a major contributor to its strategic goal of becoming a top ten research-led institution by 2012. We are already the number one Business School in the country for student satisfaction and our research quality places us in the top twenty in the UK. This expansion will allow more students and academics the opportunity of studying and working in a first class environment and will increase the millions of pounds that the Business School already contributes to Exeter’s economy.’

This is one of a number of developments the University will be submitting for planning approval this year, all of which will need to be delivered to a tight but realistic timescale in order to maximise fully the economic benefits to the local economy.

Date: 20 January 2009

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