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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.

Many of the university’s courses are crucial to the health, quality of life and economic success of our region. 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.

With planning permission granted, construction work started on site in summer 2022. The first staff and students to enjoy the facilities at City Campus are expected to be from the School of Health and Social Care. While phased opening of the campus is anticipated to begin in the 2023-24 academic year, the first students are set to move in from September 2024.

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 are set to include a new Wellbeing Centre in partnership with One Gloucestershire, a new city library in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council and a public cafe.

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 video below, provides a behind the scenes look at work progressing the City Campus, with Vice Chancellor Stephen Marston sharing his vision for the building.

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.

“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