Douglas Stephen, Project Manager for R G Carter hands over the ‘key card’ to Donald Harley, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire

The building is opening to students in September

A £180m redevelopment of the University of Bedfordshire campuses took a step forward when the University was handed the ‘keys’ to its new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by construction company R G Carter (26 June).

The new STEM building is opening to students in September and will provide over 6000m2 of new teaching space. It is focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects, including Pharmaceutical and Chemical Science, Nutrition, Biochemistry, and Mechanical Engineering.

Its facilities will include new large flexible computer laboratories and workshops including those for automotive engineering, cyber-security and robotics. The art laboratories will include specialist containment labs, simulation spaces, analytical labs and a clean room facility.

The new building will also host a Science and Engineering Outreach Centre to promote the value of science and engineering to local schools and the wider Bedfordshire community.

The University’s deputy vice chancellor, Donald Harley, who was there to receive the giant key card from R G Carter, said:

“It was fantastic to get the keys to our new STEM building today. It marks the culmination of a huge investment in facilities for our students.

“Now we have the keys, our task is to get the building ready for students starting in September.”

Students interested in studying a STEM subject at the University of Bedfordshire can get a sneak peak of the new building before it opens, by booking on to an Open Day or Campus Tour.

Further information can be found Undergraduate open events or contact 01582 489052 or email