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City Campus – an engine of growth

Working with partners to create a new future for Gloucester

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Bringing an iconic Gloucester building back to life

In March 2021, University of Gloucestershire announced it had bought Gloucester’s Debenhams building. The aim: to enable its ambitious plans for growth and to work with partners to create a new future for Gloucester city centre.

This iconic building will be brought back to life as a vibrant City Campus – a modern centre for teaching, learning and community partnerships.

The graduates we train there will go into jobs that are crucial to the health, quality of life and economic success of our region. It will provide new opportunities for the people who live here, but also attract 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 development of this 20,000m2 building will place 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 are set to include a new Arts, Health and Wellbeing Centre in partnership with One Gloucestershire, a new city library in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council and a public cafe.

Phased opening of the campus is anticipated to begin in the 2024-25 academic year, which is when the first students and staff will move in and these new facilities will open to the public.

The redevelopment of King’s Square is already complete, 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 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, City Campus is part of a wider £200 million regeneration of this part of the city together with partners Gloucester City Council and the Reef Group.

The video below provides a behind the scenes look of a recent archaeological discovery at the site of City Campus in Gloucester. In the video, Cliff Bateman, the Project Manager of Cotswold Archaeology, provides an overview of the ongoing work being carried out.

The University has appointed the Morgan Sindall Group as the construction contractor for the City Campus project, and they are working alongside the multi-disciplined design team led by ADP Architecture to bring the University’s vision for the new campus to life.

“We want to explore a range of potential partnerships for accommodating services of value to the public, taking advantage of this prime city centre location to offer local people access to services they value. This is all part of the wider ambition, working with partners to bring new life and vibrancy to the high street.”

Clare Marchant, University of Gloucestershire Vice-Chancellor

Head and shoulders portrait photograph of Clare Marchant, University of Gloucestershire Vice Chancellor

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