The University of Bolton will be moving into Bolton Central; the new flagship building on the corner of Great Moor Street and Newport Street.
The University will be the sole occupier of the building which will be used as the centre for its new Institute of Management.
Construction on the Bolton Central building, at the corner of Great Moor Street and Newport Street, started in December 2015 and completed last month.
Two and a half thousand students and over 60 staff will use the five storey building.
Staff from the University will begin to occupy the building from next week, with the final classroom layout ready for the new academic year in September.
The Bolton Central building was delivered by PSP Bolton LLP – an innovative public and private sector partnership, comprising Bolton Council and Public Sector Plc.
The work has been carried out by Robertson Construction and local contractors including Lancashire Brick and Tile have also been involved in the project.
Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said: ‘We are delighted that the University is taking on Bolton Central, which demonstrates the confidence of the market in the town centre.
‘Bolton Central is a key part of the redevelopment of this side of town and is in a prime location, next to the modern new interchange and the refurbishment of Newport Street – an important gateway into the town centre.
‘This will allow the University to be based in the heart of the town centre and shows town and gown even more clearly united. The staff and students will also provide a boost to the town centre economy, making it a more vibrant place to come.’
President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, Professor George E Holmes DL said: ‘This is another landmark building for the University of Bolton, with the Engineering Centre on Deane Road set to open later this year.
‘The new Institute of Management is a fantastic resource for students and will particularly focus on logistics and supply chain management; preparing graduates for jobs and opportunities at Logistics North.
‘It is another example of the University focussing on student experience and one of the reasons why it was ranked number 36 in the recent Complete University Guide for student satisfaction; because we invest in student facilities and teaching.’