City Campus – leading on impact and innovation
Many of the university’s courses are crucial to the health, quality of life and economic success of our region, including Nursing and Education.
Our new city campus will provide facilities to train these professionals, building on 245% growth in the University’s Health and Social Care student population since 2018. It will provide new opportunities for the people who live in Gloucestershire, but also attract new talent to come and study in the region. It will eventually be home to 4000 students and 350 staff.
From March to June 2021, the University worked closely with the City Council and partners to develop a Levelling Up bid, with £9.7m allocated to the City Campus development. At the heart of that vision was a commitment to allocate space to deliver community health, wellbeing and library services in partnership with the NHS and County Council, so that the building is a valuable community resource – one that opens up all the University has to offer to local people.
The new Arts, Health and Wellbeing Centre will be one of those dual-use spaces, piloting groundbreaking therapies and interventions and acting as a hub for research and knowledge exchange.
Successful bids were also submitted to decarbonise the redevelopment, supporting the University’s 2030 Carbon Net Zero commitment. The £7.7million heat decarbonisation project at City Campus will save 383 tonnes of CO2 every year and the building’s art deco features will be restored and enhanced*.
In June 2021 the University launched a tender process which secured one of the first ESG-linked loans in the sector. City Campus will embody both our commitment to Sustainability and widening participation, particularly among the BAME community.
*The purchase of the Debenhams building won an award for ‘Property Deal of the Year’ at the South West Insider Property Awards 2021