A £40m scheme to build a major new building at Staffordshire University has been approved.

The new three-storey education building will replace the four-storey Brindley Building in Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, which has become out-dated for the university’s current and future needs

Permission to knock down the Brindley Building was approved in October 2018.

A council document said: “The proposed development seeks to replace an out-dated brick building which is no longer fit for purpose with a high quality state-of-the-art higher education building.

“The proposed building is designed to consolidate the sprawling form of the demolished Brindley Building and provide (both aesthetically and in terms of efficiency) a higher quality building which will enhance the university’s offer by providing modern flexible teaching and learning facilities.

“The proposed facility will also address some of the issues of skills shortages and seek to contribute to the wider improvement of Stoke-on-Trent’s business sector through the provision of an ‘Employer Hub’.

“The ‘Employer Hub’ is designed as a place for exchange and collaboration between university students, apprentices and local employers, and will act as a central point of contact for businesses keen to grow their own staff through apprenticeships.”