Work has started on a £25 million new science block at the University of Wolverhampton with part of an old building set to be demolished within days.
Students have moved out of the MB building on Stafford Street to make way for the project, while office staff are now being housed in the new Gateway@The George development in the former Varsity pub in the city centre.
A single storey extension at the MB will be demolished on the site to make way for a bigger building.
The new building will feature lab facilities for around 2,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 150 staff.
It will also include an area from Stafford Street through which the public can view the inside of the building and see classes in action.
Education chiefs say the new building will reopen as part of a phased approach with the first section being unveiled towards the end of next year.
University spokesman James Allen said: “Contractors have set up on site this week and they are demolishing part of the old building.
“The steel frame will be moved in around late October.”
The development is part of a wider £45m revamp of the university which includes a new £11m business school on a piece of grassland at the junction of Molineux Street and Camp Street.