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Green light for university plans

Multi-million pound plans to transform the Luton campus of the University of Bedfordshire have gone on display.

Luton Borough Council has approved the project and building will start as soon as the site has been cleared.

The new 70m centre, next to St Mary's Church, will bring all student services under one roof and will also house the Students' Union.

New halls of residence will offer 850 study bedrooms within modern, self-catering flats.

Open evening

It has been designed by Cambridge-based architects RMJM.

The university's director of facilities and estates, Graham Blake, said: "This is wonderful news for the university and for Luton. It's a much-needed boost for the local community and will transform this part of the town centre."

The Luton redevelopment project follows a 34m investment at the university's Bedford campus which now boasts a 20m en-suite halls of residence, an 8m state-of-the-art physical education and sport science centre and a new campus centre which houses a 4.5m theatre, a studio, conference rooms, a gallery space and a fair trade restaurant.

Neighbouring businesses are being invited to an open evening at Park Square on Thursday evening to see the plans.



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