Published on 11/03/2021


College of Engineering and Physical Sciences laboratory
  • £1.7 million refurbishment to enable the highest quality teaching and learning
  • Part of continued development of the University’s engineering and physical sciences facilities

Aston University has undergone a £1.7 million refurbishment of its laboratory facilities as part of an extensive campus redevelopment strategy.

Most of the refurbishment focused on the concrete research labs, engineering workshop, new model shop, and refurbishment of the civils lab to facilitate new courses and ongoing research. The refurbished spaces will enable the university to continue to deliver the highest quality teaching to all its students.

Construction firm Seddon led the project and throughout the scheme the buildings remained fully operational so that academic activities could continue to progress.

The Seddon team liaised closely with key stakeholders at Aston University, prioritising the continued functionality of the buildings while construction was ongoing.

John Shannon, divisional director at Seddon, said: “These vital refurbishments enhance the existing spaces for Aston University students and academics, making their learning and research space more accessible, and better equipped for their needs.

“This particular partnership was the result of our strong experience in higher education refurbishments in the Midlands. The finished product is one which will no doubt be enjoyed for years to come.”

Professor Sarah Hainsworth OBE FREng, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Aston University, said:

“At Aston University, we deliver hands-on practical teaching and research that benefits business and industry.

“Working with Seddon on this project is part of the continued development of our engineering and physical sciences facilities to offer high quality, modern research amenities for staff, and the best possible learning experience for our students.”



Notes to editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world. The University also has TEF Gold status in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

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