A VIP event for partners involved in the University Quarter’s latest flagship development will take place this week.
Organised by contractors Miller Construction and Staffordshire University, the topping-out ceremony celebrates the significant construction progress which has been made on Staffordshire University’s Science and Technology Centre since work started 12 months ago.
Chair of Staffordshire University’s Board of Governors Steve Burgin will have the honour of connecting the final solar panel into the electrical mains of the building on the roof of the four-storey building before invited guests enjoy a laser light display.
The multi-million pound centre will accommodate all the University’s science teaching and research as well as a range of other specialist fields, from renewable energy to medical technologies.
Opening in the autumn of 2012, the centre will also be used by science students from the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and neighbouring Stoke-on-Trent College.
Staffordshire University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Paul Richards said: “We are delighted with the progress of the building which represents significant investment by Staffordshire University in science and technology and which will give students and the local community access to the best state-of-the-art learning facilities.
“We feel that the design complements the adjoining sixth form college and together they represent the vision we have for the University Quarter and a brighter more confident future for North Staffordshire.”