Coventry heads to the coast for new campus

Willmott Dixon to build Coventry University’s new campus in Scarborough

Coventry University is building a new £14 million campus in Scarborough.

The Scarborough Campus opened in September this year and will relocate to its new home at Weaponess Valley Car Park in September 2016. Willmott Dixon was appointed under Scape Group’s National Major Works Framework. 

It’s the latest major campus project for Willmott Dixon in the higher education sector, following similar facilities for universities that include Warwick, Kent, Cambridge, Bournemouth, Birmingham City, West London and Brighton with a combined value of over £250 million.

Willmott Dixon’s team of higher education construction specialists will create a purpose built campus that includes a library, IT suites, café, mock law court, engineering and science labs, plus a careers team.

Coventry University was recently named ‘Modern University of the Year’ in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, with judges highlighting the university’s investment in Scarborough Campus as a unique and particularly forward-looking development in the sector. 

The creation of Coventry University Scarborough Campus also brings a new era of higher education to the region. Professor John Latham, vice-chancellor of Coventry University, said: “This is a massively important project for Coventry University, Scarborough and the regional economy. It will bring transformational economic and social impact by enhancing the education, skills and career prospects of local people.” 

Coventry University Scarborough Campus will be a key part of the £45 million sports and education facility on the town’s old Weaponness Park and Ride site. Scarborough mayor, Councillor Thomas Fox, said: “A massive amount of ambition and hard work has led to this; an inspirational example of the public and private sectors working together to develop a new centre for world class education on the Yorkshire coast. Students are already benefiting from the university’s high quality and specialist education in existing town centre venues and they can look forward with pride to moving into state of the art learning and living accommodation in autumn 2016.”    

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