Stoke-on-Trent City Council plans £5m University Quarter regeneration

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Stoke-on-Trent City Council has announced plans to invest £5 million in the University Quarter.

Plans to revamp the area around Staffordshire University, which could benefit thousands of students and businesses,  will be considered on Thursday, March 27 by the Cabinet.

A council report said: “Staffordshire University has recently announced plans to make Stoke-on-Trent the home of its main campus, which will lead to the transfer of further students and staff from Stafford by 2016 and further major investment in new and remodelled education facilities and student housing in the University Quarter.

“This represents a significant opportunity for the city.”

The council is planning to spend £150,000 on project management and hopes most of the £5 million will be funded by grants.

Staffordshire University’s vice chancellor Professor Michael Gunn said the university is working with the city council to plan what the main campus will look like.

He said no decision has yet been made about teaching facilities, car-parking and student accommodation.

Prof Gunn added:  “We obviously welcome Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s intention to invest in the University Quarter which we feel can only benefit students, residents and visitors to the city’s education hub.

“We have invested more than £40m in our Stoke campus in recent years and while no decision has yet been made on the university’s future investment in its Stoke campus, we anticipate that we will be spending a similar amount over the coming years.”

Prof Gunn said the university’s Board of Governors will be meeting on Thursday, March 27 to consider delaying the date of moving some students from its Stafford to its Stoke campus to 2016.

Staffordshire University Students’ Union vice president Mel Ramsay welcomed the proposals.

She said: “The future seems bright for Staffordshire University and – more importantly – future students.

“I feel that the university has so much potential, and any investment would be fantastic.”

 

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