17th November 1999

 

UNIVERSITY AIMS TO BUILD SECOND NEW CAMPUS

 

The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside has gone public on plans to build a brand new waterside campus in Hull - just three years after it opened a new campus in Lincoln.

 

The proposed Riverside University Campus between the Marina and the river Humber in the centre of Hull would secure the university’s long-term future in the city, laying to rest persistent rumours of a wholesale move to Lincoln.

 

The university made headlines in 1996 when HM the Queen officially opened the Lincoln development - the first new city-centre campus to be built in Britain for 25 years.

 

Now it aims to repeat the feat by moving all its Hull-based academic operations into a new purpose-built campus. The striking designs, featuring a complex of high-quality buildings designed to meet the needs of 3,500 students, will give Lincolnshire & Humberside the most up-to-date facilities of any UK university.

 

But work cannot go ahead until a decision has been made on the future of Island Wharf, a piece of derelict former dockland in the heart of a prime area earmarked for redevelopment.

 

The university has bid for the right to build its new campus at Island Wharf, but two other consortiums are involved in the bidding process - the other two hope to build housing and commercial/leisure facilities respectively.

 

Bids were tabled earlier this month and a decision is expected from Kingston-upon-Hull City Council and the Hull Economic Development Agency in mid-December.

 

If the university gets the green light it hopes to have the campus operational in 2001 and completed by 2003. It aims to  relocate its academic operations in two phases, moving its programmes from Cottingham Road in 2001 and its city-centre activities in 2002.

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Notes at a glance

 

Riverside University Campus

 

¨    A visually stunning complex with views onto the Humber and the Hull Marina

¨    ‘University Square’ and a public promenade along the waterfront

¨    Campus operational September 2001, complete mid-2003

¨    Academic facilities for 3,500 students

¨    Residential accommodation for 400 students

¨    Academic buildings comprising lecture theatres, seminar rooms and studios

¨    An exhibition centre and gallery open to the public

¨    A sports and leisure facility

¨    A high-tech business development centre

¨    Opportunity for commercial office and call centre development

 

Benefits to the community

 

Riverside University Campus will:

 

¨    increase confidence in the city centre

¨    help to raise the aspirations and expectations of the Hull community

¨    act as a driver for regeneration

¨    be sustainable in the long term

¨    attract inward investment to the city

¨    create jobs

¨    secure £80 million of extra spending in the city year on year

¨    encourage students to remain in Hull after graduation

¨    contribute to the cultural and social life of the city centre

¨    promote further links between the city and the university

¨    enhance the provision of city centre facilities for public use

¨    be operational within two years and completed within four years

 

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For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)