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De Montfort student union demolition begins

A £90 million regeneration of De Montfort University has begun with the demolition of the university's former student union.

Vice chancellor, professor Dominic Shellard, marked the beginning of the project, which will see the redevelopment of the whole Mill Lane site, by smashing part of a wall surrounding the area.

The demolition will be completed by demolition firm DSM, who will flatten the building over the coming months. They will also demolish the university’s ceramics complex, art block and the Fletcher block.

The buildings will then be replaced with new university buildings, which will hold the fashion and textiles, art, design and architecture departments.

Professor Shellard said: “It’s essential for us to transform this part of our campus to give us a competitive advantage, particularly for these creative industries."

The regeneration will also include the creation of an area of open parkland, which will run through the centre of the university campus.

He continued: “We want families from the nearby estates to come and enjoy our green areas, sitting out in the summer and enjoying it as much as students."

The work, which is being funded with part of a £90 million public bond, is expected to be completed by 2016.

Published January 20, 2014 | Back to demolition news | Subscribe to our rss feed | Bookmark and Share