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Cinema and ice-skating rink among ideas floated for London Metropolitan University’s central plaza plan

PUBLISHED: 12:53 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:53 07 November 2017

An artist's impression of what the London Metropolitan University central plaza will look like.

An artist's impression of what the London Metropolitan University central plaza will look like.

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An open-air cinema, an ice-skating rink and an area for yoga classes are just some of the ideas being touted to be included in the £125m overhaul of London Metropolitan University.

An artist's impression of what the London Metropolitan University central plaza will look like. An artist's impression of what the London Metropolitan University central plaza will look like.

The university has launched a consultation over plans to transform its central courtyard to create a large plaza which is open to the community.

Proposals for the open space will enable members of the public to pass through the campus from surrounding streets, having access to a new cafe that is also to be developed as part of the blueprint.

The project – dubbed ‘one campus, one community’ – will see the Islington campus expanded and the university’s buildings in Aldgate and Moorgate closed down.

As part of the Holloway Road “redesign”, the university’s tower building will be refurbished and a gallery, theatre and cafe will be created for use of the community.

The university – which consulted on the overall plans for the site in March this year – says the feedback has been “overwhelmingly positive”, but some participants registered safety concerns about the campus being opened up to the public.

Prof John Raftery, vice-chancellor of London Met, said: “We are delighted to present the latest plans for our new central space.

“The aim of this project is not only to enhance the experience of our students and staff, but our neighbours as well.

“We want to strengthen our relationship with the community by creating a safe and welcoming environment that brings people together and inspires collaboration.”

The plans – which will see students, staff and members of the public passing through Holloway and Benwell roads – also include a two-floor extension to the ‘J block’ building to create a new teaching and learning area, a theatre and an exhibition space.

The latest designs of what is being called an ‘Islington landmark’ by landscape architecture practice Gustafson Porter + Bowman are available on the university’s website.

People can also fill out the university’s online survey by visiting londonmet.ac.uk/consultation, or by sending an e-mail to onecampus@londonmet.ac.uk.

The deadline to submit comments to the university is Wednesday, November 15.

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