22nd February 2000





A new world-class university campus is to be developed at Island Wharf in the heart of the city of Hull, delivering another major boost to the city’s waterfront renaissance.


The owners of the prime nine-acre site - Kingston-upon-Hull City Council and Associated British Ports - today recommended that the Riverside University Campus consortium be chosen as the preferred developer, subject to formal approval by the ABP board and the council’s cabinet committee.


The consortium, led by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, had submitted plans to create a £48 million waterside campus combining education and leisure facilities, en suite residences and a business development centre.


Subject to approvals and planning consent, work will start on the site later this year, with completion of the main university facilities scheduled by September 2001. The university aims to relocate all academic operations from its existing Cottingham Road and City Centre campuses to the new site.


The new purpose-built campus will feature a complex of high-quality, striking buildings designed to meet the needs of 3,500 students.


Councillor Patrick  Doyle, leader of the city council, commented: “The Riverside University Campus is a very exciting proposal which will provide significant benefits to the city.


“It will be a flagship development and one of the most up-to-date centres for learning in the country. It will also bring the complete regeneration of both the waterfront and the city centre one step closer.


“Together with The Deep Millennium project and the £100 million Ferensway redevelopment, the Riverside University Campus will help put Hull in the top ten of UK cities.”


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Prof Roger King, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, said he was delighted by the decision. “This is a shot in the arm for the future of education in the city,” he said.


“This institution has committed itself to the long-term future of Hull and has shown faith in the potential of Hull as a major city for the new millennium. A completely new campus, providing quality buildings in a first-class location, signals the beginning of a new era for the university in Hull.”


Mike Fell, ABP Port Director Hull and Goole, added:  "This is a very

exciting time for the port and the city of Hull.  The new Finland Terminal

which will become operational in April will be used by the world's largest

paper producers. Exactly one year later, ABP will have provided a brand

new passenger terminal to complement P&O's new Supercruise Ferries, the

largest of their type in the world.  These developments will take place

down river at King George and Queen Elizabeth Docks.  I am so pleased that

a piece of redundant dockland upriver will now be regenerated as a

university campus."


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The Riverside University Campus bid was tabled by a local consortium which

includes Wykeland Ltd, the University of Lincoln and

the Sewell Group. The consortium is being recommended as the preferred

developer following selection process which also included bids from Alfred

McAlpine and Neptune Developments. A detailed development brief for the

site had been prepared by the City Council and ABP together with their

development partners, Yorkshire Forward and Hull CityVision.


The three developers were shortlisted in June 1999 and formally presented their

schemes to the development partners in December.  The selection process

included consultation with local people who were invited to give their

views on the plans at an exhibition at the City Hall in November.

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)