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A combination of green space and paved areas will bring Chapman Square to life

Developing our

University We are committed to improving teaching, research, facilities and the student experience.

A community campus

The launch of our Campus Plan is just the start of a 20-year vision to create a 24/7 vibrant campus. As part of the transformation of Chapman Square into an active, welcoming hub for students, staff and the local community, we’re constructing the Arts Building for the College of Arts, Media & Social Science. Here, the latest technology and state-of-the-art facilities will inspire our students to perform at their best.

Our investment in this part of the campus represents our commitment to creating an environment that will encourage academic excellence. Some of the modern new facilities in the Arts Building will include a theatre, studio space, tuition and practice space, and social learning areas. Members of the local community, too, will be able to enjoy performances, exhibitions and other events in newly developed surroundings.

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The combination of green space and paved areas in Chapman Square outside the Arts Building will also provide a perfect venue for students and staff to relax and socialise. As well as the new Arts Building and the refurbishment of the Chapman Building – we are also building 2,000-bedroom student residences. We’re planning an ambitious project to provide students with a more positive living and learning experience. By creating an energetic and vibrant campus, which unites accommodation and learning with sports and social facilities, we believe we can revolutionise the way Salford students live their lives. To achieve this, our vision for change involves building self-contained student residences in the heart of the campus, overlooking Peel Park and the David Lewis playing fields. This will invigorate the University with renewed activity, while at the same time addressing student safety issues and boosting the economy. With 24-hour on-site security and longer opening hours for retail, restaurants and café outlets,

the student residences should evolve into a well-managed, accessible part of the wider community. In return, the relocation of the student residences has the potential to breathe new life into nearby Peel Park. With the new student accommodation built to overlook this area of historical significance and valuable green space, Peel Park could become one of the most vibrant and appealing inner-city havens in the UK. And it’s not just students who will benefit. Opened in 1846 “for the enjoyment and recreation of the public”, the revitalised green space will provide a welcome retreat for staff and the local community to enjoy once again.

Chapel Street and the Crescent are also undergoing their own transformation. September 2010 saw the first spade break ground in the £10m scheme to restore Chapel Street and the Crescent to a distinctive City High Street, providing a better environment for the University campus. Wider pavements, new crossings, bus and car lanes and a 20mph limit will allow pedestrians and traffic to exist in a calmer environment, with all work scheduled for completion in November 2011. The work will pave the way for the transformation of the Chapel Street area into a flourishing, tree-lined high street, complete with 849 new homes and 200,000 sq m of commercial floor space for local shops, offices, cafes, restaurants and bars. To view the Campus Plan online, visit

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