A £50million plan to transform Aberdeen University’s historic has taken a major step forward after being backed by its governors.
The university intends to construct a series of “flagship” buildings on the King’s campus to help it cope with a predicted growth in student numbers over the next decade.
It is proposing to move its business school into a “landmark” pavilion with teaching and exhibition space at the dormant Johnston Halls, and connect some of the centuries-old buildings with a new atrium.
Improvements to little-used areas including the Old Senate Wing and Cromwell Tower have also been touted, retaining their “magnificent facades” while adding new teaching space.
Bosses say the proposals will allow the university to provide a “world class” experience for students.
University governors approved the plans last night, paving the way for a formal application to be lodged with Aberdeen City Council in the spring.
If successful, it is expected that the new business school will open in 2022 while the King’s College improvements will be completed by the following summer.
Aberdeen University principal and vice-chancellor George Boyne said: “This major investment in our campus comes at a time when the university is planning for future growth, and marks the latest phase of a number of improvements to our King’s College campus.
“As we plan for the future it is crucial that we remain equipped to meet the needs of modern students with contemporary, flexible and technology-ready facilities that regenerate underused space in our historic campus, while maintaining the unique heritage for which it is renowned.”
Earlier this year the university revealed it was preparing to spend £100m on a series of regeneration and development projects.
This sum includes the £50m plans for the business school and King’s College which were approved by governors last night, as well as a £35m science facility due to open in 2021.
Prof Boyne added: “These are transformational plans that will ensure we continue to provide our students and staff with world class teaching and learning facilities, and will help us attract the best and brightest to Aberdeen.
“Revitalisation of our Old Aberdeen campus also helps support wider city ambitions to ensure our region grows in stature as a destination of choice.”