Space Development

The Learning Space Development team is responsible for the design, evaluation and refurbishment of all centrally managed learning spaces across the university, a portfolio which includes everything from small group study rooms to 350 seat lecture theatres. The provision of technology-rich, innovative learning environments, created as part of the University’s rolling programme of learning space development, has radically changed the perception of what can be achieved in classroom design, responding not only to technological advancements but also to an ongoing shift in pedagogic practice.

The learning space development process is informed by the Learning Spaces Strategy, which aims to guide the creation of appropriate and sustainable learning environments through the use of design and innovation, supported through high quality management and services.


Current projects

Our refurbishment projects this summer include several teaching rooms in the Arts Building, as well as two open access study spaces, the Mason Lounge (also in the Arts Building) and the former Shell Lounge - now known as The Engineering Lounge - in the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Building.

Follow this link for more details.


Completed projects

The learning Spaces Development team have completed a number of high profile projects over the last three years, all of which are positively impacting on the experience of both students and teaching staff.

Recent investments have included:

  • Full refurbishment of all teaching rooms in the Watson Building, including three lecture theatres and two seminar rooms
  • Creation of a brand new lecture theatre and informal study area in Aston Webb C Block 
  • Full refurbishment of the Arthur Thomson Hall in the Medical School
  • Modernisation work to rooms in Physics West and the Haworth building


For full details of all centrally managed teaching rooms, please see our room information guide (ADF login required)