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City campus – Building a new future

An engine of growth and prosperity in the heart of Gloucester – the university’s new City Campus.

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Iconic Debenhams building to become new University of Gloucestershire campus

The University of Gloucestershire announced in March 2021 that it had bought the Debenhams building – a major focal point for Gloucester for 80 years – and intends to redevelop the existing fabric of the building to create a vibrant new campus.

The City Campus will be a modern centre for teaching, learning and community partnerships; playing a vital role in both the regeneration of the city centre and supporting the University’s ambitious plans for growth.

Many of the university’s courses are crucial to the health, quality of life and economic success of our region, including Nursing and Education. The new city campus will provide facilities to train these professionals, providing new opportunities for the people who live here, but also attracting new talent to come and study in the region.

Over the lifetime of the project, it is estimated that the City Campus project will add over £700 million of direct and indirect value to the economy.

The planning authority, Gloucester City Council, has approved the University’s plans for phase one of the redevelopment, and construction work is set to begin on site in May 2022.

You can watch a video briefing from University of Gloucestershire Vice-Chancellor, Stephen Marston, about the plans.

The first staff and students – mainly from the School of Health and Social Care – are set to begin accessing teaching facilities at City Campus from Autumn 2023.

The development of this 20,000m2 building will place the University of Gloucestershire right at the heart of its community, creating a vibrant hub of new activity in the city centre in King’s Square. Dual use facilities available to the public are set to include a new Arts, Health and Wellbeing Centre, with a new public library and cafe also planned for phase one.

The redevelopment of King’s Square is already underway, and The Forum is nearby, a private investment designed to attract specialised digital and technology companies and a thousand new jobs. Together with the Forge Digital Hub, an innovation hub for cyber businesses which is part of The Forum, and the redevelopment of the 15th Century Fleece Hotel, the City Campus project is now the centrepiece of Gloucester’s successful £20 million bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund, building a new future for an area that has been in long term decline.

The University has appointed the Morgan Sindall Group as the construction contractor for the City Campus project, and they will work alongside the multi-disciplined design team led by ADP Architecture to bring the University’s vision for the new campus to life. You can watch a fly-through video showing the outside of the new City Campus below.

“Through regeneration and restoration, enabling the development of personal talents, creating more fulfilling lives, and complementing the ambitions of key local partners, we believe the University’s new City Campus will become an engine of growth and prosperity for many years to come. We are confident that it will serve as an exemplar that other cities will adopt as they seek to re-invigorate their High Streets.”

Vice-Chancellor Stephen Marston

Keep up-to-date with progress

Below, you’ll find our blog posts tracking the progress of this project.

There are also links to documents that provide supporting information regarding the work being undertaken.

Supporting documents