Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Going for Growth; Uni Plans New Pounds 45m Expansion

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Going for Growth; Uni Plans New Pounds 45m Expansion

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Byline: By SANDY McKENZIE

A pounds 45M investment in the expansion of the University of Teesside is planned.

A 20% rise in student numbers to 25,000 is expected to take place at the university over the next 13 years.

New buildings are planned, along with moves to improve and consolidate the campus in Middlesbrough town centre.

The possibility of multi-storey car parks to serve both the university and the public is also being looked at.

Middlesbrough Council's Executive is being asked on Tuesday, January 8 to give its backing to the university's plans.

That backing will provide the university with confidence to go ahead with preparing its detailed expansion plans.

The additional pounds 45m investment is planned in the period up to 2016.

It comes on the back of pounds 100m which has been spent on developing the university over the last 10 years.

Middlesbrough Council's Executive is being told in a report from Tim White, the authority's regeneration director, that options being considered at the university include:

Re-profiling and refurbishing buildings such as the Constantine and Clarendon buildings and Brittan Hall;

Possibly demolishing the Buttery and creating a redesigned square;

The long-term relocation of the business school;

Developing a digital business cluster;

Constructing a new building for health and sports therapy;

Providing a design workshop next to the IDI building;

Implementing a campus-wide landscape plan, possibly including the closure of Southfield Road and Stephenson Street, and

Possibly providing in the long-term two multi-storey car-parks.

Mr White says in his report to the Executive that Teesside University has regional importance.

"It is a key contributor to the Tees Valley, both in terms of its academic excellence and economic benefits it brings to the area," he said. …

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