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New City Centre Centre campus for the University of Gloucestershire.

The iconic Debenhams building will become a new city centre campus for teaching, learning and community partnerships, having been purchased this year by the University of Gloucestershire. The University intends to fully refurbish the 1930s Art Deco building, offering 20,000sqm of space on five floors. This will create attractive, modern spaces for teaching and learning for students and staff, accommodating the University’s ambitious plans to expand the scale and range of its higher education programmes. The first students to move in will be those on nursing and allied health courses in September 2023.

The University will also explore allocating part of the ground floor space for dual-use facilities for the community and the University, including learning, wellbeing, enterprise and culture.

For more information take a look at:
Purchase of Debenhams building puts University of Gloucestershire growth plans at heart of city regeneration - University of Gloucestershire (glos.ac.uk)

April update -  A multi-disciplinary team, led by ADP Architecture has been appointed by the University to finalise phase one plans.  Plans to convert Gloucester’s iconic Debenhams building into a university campus have been given the go-ahead. The University of Gloucestershire was granted permission by Gloucester City Council on March 1st to refurbish the outside of the building and change it from commercial to educational use.

Morgan Sindell has been appointed by the University to deliver the refurbishment, and they have made good recent progress stripping out the former department store. The conversion and fit out of the ground and first floors are still on track to open in September 2023.

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