Public Invited to Share their Views of University Park

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Members of the public will have the chance to view and feedback on plans for the University of Worcester’s University Park site during a public consultation next week.

Images and information about the development of the former Grove Farm site will be on display at Worcester’s Guildhall on Tuesday, October 25th and Wednesday, October 26th.

Members of the public will be able to view the Masterplan and get information about the University’s vision for the site, as well as information about environmental issues and transport links.

The vision is to create an attractive parkland campus. Alongside new University buildings, part of the site is being developed in partnership with property firm Wrenbridge to create an enterprise, science and well-being park. This will provide opportunities for business users, and for partnerships between the University and companies working in areas including enterprise, science, health care, medical engineering, and environmental engineering.

Indicative plans for the entire site will be on display during the exhibition. It is anticipated the development, of up to 63,000 sq m of new buildings, could eventually employ over 2,000 people, in addition to a significant number of jobs during construction.

The consultation event will run from 11am to 7.30pm on the 25th and from 9.30am to 5pm on the 26th. There will be members of the Project Team available to answer questions and explain the plans. The information boards will then remain in the Guildhall for the remainder of the week for people to view. People are invited to drop-in at anytime to give their feedback on the plans.

Dr Martin Doughty, the University’s Pro Vice Chancellor (Resources), said: “This site provides exciting opportunities for the University’s development. It will create a high quality working environment and help us to engage with companies working in science, enterprise and health and well-being to share knowledge and expertise to mutual benefit.”

Peter Jarman, Managing Director of Wrenbridge, added: “We are delighted to be bringing forward the development of this site with its innovative mix of uses.

“We are keen to work with occupiers in delivering bespoke units on a design and build basis as well as exploiting the links for business with the University and its students.”