About the Big Build project

The Big Build is the name our students have given to the project that is transforming our Moulsecoomb campus.

The campus project is part of a bigger masterplan that includes the neighbouring Preston Barracks site. Together they are creating a new gateway into the city and transforming the local area to the benefit of all who live, work and learn here.

The Big Build consists of:

  • Five new halls of residence with rooms for 800 students at affordable rents
  • A new academic building with flexible modern learning and social spaces
  • New Students' Union and fitness facilities
  • A new multi-storey car park to replace existing parking facilities
  • A landmark new pedestrian bridge bringing both sides of the campus together

All of the buildings have been designed and are being constructed to the highest environmental and sustainability standards.

Once fully completed the campus will benefit from new green spaces incorporating over 300 additional trees, much improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists and links to public transport.

As well as creating an inspiring environment for students and staff at the university the development will create jobs and bring wider economic benefits to the city and breathe new life to the local area.

Work began in June 2018, with work expected to be completed in early 2022.

Key dates

2018

  • Work begins on multi-storey car park

2019

  • Work begins on student accommodation, Students' Union and fitness facilities
  • Multi-storey car park completed
  • Work begins on new academic building

2020

  • Work continues

2021

  • Academic building completed
  • Student accommodation completed
  • New Students' Union and fitness facilities completed
Big Build development with pedestrian bridge

The development

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This video gives an indication of sequencing for work at the Moulsecoomb development. Commencement and delivery dates for some elements of the project have since changed.

The Big Build from the air

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Watch our aerial footage to find out more about the plans for the Big Build.