A landmark university building that has stood for more than 60 years was being demolished today.
The MB building on Stafford Street, Wolverhampton, was being steadily brought down piece by piece to make way for a £25 million new science block.
The building, a long-standing feature on the city’s skyline, has seen thousands of students walk through its corridors.
A cherry picker was nibbling away at the exterior from 6am today, and the demolition will also include its single-storey extension as space is create for a bigger building.
Within the next week, the remaining structure will be brought down and the area cleared up. The foundations of the building, which are driven nearly seven feet into the ground, will also be pulled up before work starts on a gleaming six-storey replacement.
Work on that is expected to begin at the start of November.
Students have already moved out to allow the project to take place while office staff are in the new Gateway@The George development at the city’s centre’s former Varsity pub. The new development will include lab facilities for around 2,500 undergraduates and postgraduate students and 150 staff. Passers-by will also be able to view the inside of the building and classes in action through a viewing area from Stafford Street.
Classes will commence at the new building in September next year, with the development to finish by December.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, Professor Geoff Layer, said the investment would kick-start economic regeneration not only in Wolverhampton, but the wider Black Country.
The wider redevelopment of the university will include a new £11 million business school, which has been earmarked for land on the junction of Molineux Street and Camp Street in the city.