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New 'Fame' School Suffers Delay

The old OdeonA £7 million scheme by Coventry University to transform the city’s old Odeon cinema has run into trouble and will not be complete before the start of term.

The new Performing Arts centre in Jordan Well was supposed to be ready for lessons at the beginning of the academic year.

But technical difficulties with the project has put the building work behind schedule and contingency plans have been put into place to handle lessons.

Vice Chancellor Mike Goldstein said one of the contractors working on the site went into liquidation during the work, which caused a delay.

Michael GoldsteinHe said that commitments to keep the original façade and dome of the building had added to the complexities of the project.

Dr Goldstein said there will be a phased hand-over of the building from the end of September.

Facilities that will not be completed by then include the specially-sprung dance floor and the air-conditioning.

The building next door, the old library, will be used for general teaching, and staff in the Communication, Culture and Media faculty will delay their move from M-block.

Dr Goldstein said:

“This was always going to be a difficult project.

“The current problems will be overcome, and the resulting facilities will be excellent and well worth the wait – both for the university and the city.”

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