As part of the ongoing Coherent Campus initiative to improve the spaces between buildings the Museum of Antiquities, an unattractive and poor quality 1950’s building made redundant by the Great North Museum, has been demolished.
Demolition works from the end of October through to December 2011 have enabled the creation of a new central square adjacent to the Students’ Union and the Armstrong Building.
The ‘Student Forum’ which will be completed by July 2012 will form the centrepiece of the campus.
Key benefits of the new central square:
- Enhancing student, staff & visitor experience through improving the estate
- Enabling student outdoor interaction and activity adjacent to the Students’ Union Building
- Aesthetically complementing the adjacent iconic ‘arches’, listed buildings and the Old Quad
- Revealing the fine Grade II listed Armstrong facade, tower and archway
- Improving accessibility and campus connectivity by creating contiguous pedestrian realm connecting major buildings
- Improving pedestrian safety by stopping through vehicular traffic
- Reducing poor floor space by 800m2
- Introducing more green space and trees