University of Gloucestershire's new City Campus in Gloucester is revealed

The University of Gloucestershire has unveiled the exterior of its new City Campus in Gloucester for the first time, showing its impressive feature windows and original, restored stonework.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
The University of Gloucestershire has revealed its new City Campus exterior, featuring restored stonework and double-glazed windows.

For the first time since talks of the development began back in March 2021, the exterior of the University of Gloucestershire’s exciting City Campus in Gloucester has been revealed, bringing one of the city’s iconic heritage buildings back to life. 

Following the removal of scaffolding cladding the building, it's now possible for those in the county to see the progress of how the art deco building is being restored to its former glory, ready for its new lease of life and offering a great space for current and prospective students. 

As can now be seen, the brand-new feature windows are close replicas of the originals, though double-glazed to improve energy efficiency; and the authentic tracery panels have been removed, refurbished and restored, ready to sit above the windows as they did before when the building was the much-loved retail destination, Debenhams. 

Lou Overton, project manager at City Campus, said: 'We’re delighted that the local community, shoppers, and visitors to Gloucester will now be able see the work that’s been done to the outside of the building to ensure it’s one everyone can feel proud of. 

'We know it’s a location that many people in the city hold such warm affection towards, so we’re carrying out the work as sympathetically as possible and retaining as much of its original character as we can. 

'When completed, it will be a fantastic learning and teaching environment for our students and staff, as well as offering modern facilities for the community and bring opportunities to strengthen links with our partners.'

The university plans to begin operating from the city building next summer, with teaching commencing at the start of the new academic year in September 2024. Once complete, the building will house nearly 4,000 students and 350 staff.

The City Campus development is a key part of the £200 million regeneration of the city centre by Gloucester City Council and its partners the Reef Group, as well as the university. 

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