There are only weeks to go before new students arrive at the University of Birmingham fresh from their A-level results and offers of a place to study. With the countdown to their arrival work is moving to finish the redevelopment of Chamberlain Hall in time for their arrival.
There is a great set of photos on Flickr which show the construction and fit out, providing a glimpse to the fab accommodation that the hall will offer, https://www.flickr.com/photos/livingatbham/sets/72157649881775028/
Elsewhere on campus construction work on the new library continues ahead of it's March 2016 opening. The building topped out in June 2015 and in August one of the cranes that had been overlooking the campus was removed, http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/university/building/library/new-library-blog.aspx, leaving work now progressing rapidly on installing glazing and blind boxes.
With summer being the least busy period for the library there has been a lot of work to prepare for the new library building with most of the main library print journals moved into storage with a new arrangement being introduced which will carry into the new library. The new library will comprise two self-contained collections, an ultra-modern Research Annexe and the upper levels of the most accessed books.
The opening in March will follow nearly three years on from the Library of Birmingham's opening and both libraries' new facilities will allow access to their prized collections for researchers.
The photos below show the new library under construction on August 29th.
Meanwhile work on the new sports centre is progressing rapidly in time for it's opening in 2016. The Birmingham Mail took a look at the new centre in June, http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/look-25-images-show-university-9434065, but since then the pool has been tested to ensure it will be watertight, https://instagram.com/p/6Cr6NUl17-/
The sports centre on 2nd July.
The sports centre on 20th June where the wooden beams of the pool can be seen in the structure.