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£4.4M University of Wolverhampton Refurb Complete

A major multi-million-pound refurbishment for Film and Pharmacy students at the University of Wolverhampton has been successfully completed.

Commercial People has learned that the national fit-out and refurbishment specialist Willmott Dixon Interiors delivered a £4.4 million refurb of two buildings at the University of Wolverhampton.

The 17-week project has delivered enhanced facilities and more than 32,000 sq ft of modern teaching space at the Wulfruna Building and Alan Turing Building at the university’s city campus on Wulfruna Street.

Commenting on the work, Tim Steele, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Global opportunities at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are delighted with the refurbishment of our School of Pharmacy and the creation of our brand new Screen School at the University.

“Our focus is always on creating an excellent student experience that provides our graduates with the skills they need to thrive in the world of work. These new facilities will enable our students to collaborate and learn using the latest industry standard technology and resources, and we would like to thank everyone involved in this project for their hard work.”

The university’s Wulfruna Building has been revamped, creating a new reception and larger, multipurpose teaching spaces for use by the university’s School of Pharmacy.

In addition to their work on the Wulfruna Building, Willmott Dixon Interiors also refurbished the ground floor, second floor and part of the first floor of the university’s Alan Turing Building to create a professional working environment for film, television and animation students.

As part of the refurb, the new Wolverhampton Screen School benefits from a new production space, new editing suites, staff office and video studios.

Phil Crowther, Regional director at Willmott Dixon Interiors, said: “We’re very pleased to have handed over a modern, comfortable and safe environment at the University of Wolverhampton, with new finishes, layouts and furnishings throughout.

“We hope that it [the refurb] will benefit staff and students alike for many years to come. We’re thankful to our excellent team, including our extended network of specialist contractors, for successfully delivering what was a challenging fast-track build programme in a large site, spread across three floors and two occupied buildings.”

Lastly, alongside their main works, Willmott Dixon Interiors also delivered a programme of community activities in partnership with local schools and colleges that saw them conduct mock interviews at the nearby Ormiston Academy, as well as mentoring with students at the University of Wolverhampton and conducting an employability session at Aldersley High School.

The contractor also delivered a careers fair at Royal Wolverhampton School and hosted a University of Wolverhampton student via an onsite work experience placement.

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