Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Uni's Vision of the Future; Chiefs Unveil Major New Plans at Campus

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Uni's Vision of the Future; Chiefs Unveil Major New Plans at Campus

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Byline: SANDY McKENZIE

A NEW heart to Teesside University campus could be created with the closure to traffic of part of Southfield Road in Middlesbrough.

A multi-storey car park is also being considered for Linthorpe Road to service the campus and businesses in the area.

The university and Middlesbrough Council are working in partnership on the future development of the university. The multi-million-pound plans include: * The possible closure to traffic of up to 100m of Southfield Road.

* A new teaching and conference building.

* The possibility of a multistorey car park * Improving the listed Waterhouse Building, more investment in DigitalCity and enhanced student accommodation. Projects, where appropriate, will be subject to consultation with the local community and businesses and to approval from the council''s Executive and planning committee.

In a report to next Tuesday's Middlesbrough Council Executive the council''s Regeneration Director, Kevin Parkes says the university is a fundamental foundation of the economy of Middlesbrough and Teesside.

The university employs 1,479 full-time and 650 part-time staff.

In 2009/10 it enrolled 14,000 students from the Teesside area, 11,500 British students from outside the area and 2,000 overseas students. In 2007 it was estimated the university's total economic impact was worth pounds 815m a year and it has grown since then.

Mr Parkes says: "It draws talent and aspiration into the town for higher education and some of these former students stay to be the future wealth generators in Teesside.

"Students also use their spending power within the local economy and in particular help support significant components of the town economy."

Mr Parkes says the proposed new square would also be an asset to the town. It is proposed any prohibition of traffic would be made on an experimental basis first to assess its impact. …

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