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Wolverhampton secures funds for regeneration partnership

£8 million fund provides catalyst for building growth in Black Country

Posted by Hannah Vickers | February 08, 2017 | Finance, legal, HR

The University of Wolverhampton has secured £8 million in funding for its ground-breaking regeneration partnership at the former Springfield Brewery site in Wolverhampton.

The funding is provided by HEFCE through the Catalyst Fund.

“This is a fantastic national endorsement of a project that aims to regenerate an important brownfield site in the heart of the Black Country whilst at the same time making a valuable contribution to economic growth in the region,” said Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton.

“The funding will be used to significantly enhance the student experience in the School of Architecture and Built Environment which will be at the heart of our new national centre of excellence for construction in the heart of Wolverhampton.”

The Springfield redevelopment project demonstrates how much can be done through partnership with a wide range of local bodies - Yvonne Hawkins, HEFCE’s Director for Universities and Colleges

Yvonne Hawkins, HEFCE’s Director for Universities and Colleges, said: “The Springfield redevelopment project demonstrates how much can be done through partnership with a wide range of local bodies, including the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership as well as engaging with employers to enhance and enrich the curriculum which will be on offer for students.”

Springfield Campus is a £100m jointly-funded redevelopment of the former Springfield Brewery site in the city of Wolverhampton.

As part of its 'Our Vision, Your Opportunity' £250 million programme of investment, the University of Wolverhampton has committed to transform the derelict brewery into an education hub for construction and the built environment. 

The University has secured planning and listed building consent in order to relocate its School of Architecture and the Built Environment to site.

The plans include the demolition a number of existing buildings which have fallen into disrepair, redeveloping and refurbishing others, as well as creating a new building.

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