University of Gloucestershire reveals design for new city campus

The University of Gloucestershire has revealed designs for its new city campus, a transformed former Debenhams building

The University of Gloucestershire has revealed a first look at the design for its new city campus, housed in a former Debenhams building.

The building is located within the Gloucester City Conservation Area and its original structure dates back to between 1928 and 1931.

Gloucestershire University announced in March 2021 its plans to redevelop the old department store, which has been a major focal point in Gloucester city for 80 years.

The new campus has been designed by ADP Architecture and construction for the project will be taken on by the Morgan Sindall Group.

“ADP is delighted to be involved in such a significant project for the University of Gloucestershire that sees the historic, former Debenham’s building in the heart of Gloucester city centre, refurbished and revitalised to provide a connected, world-class new home with a focus on becoming a place for the community, engagement and education.” commented Natalia Lopez, associate director at ADP.

We’re retaining and renovating the existing façade and will enhance the character of the building by adding sympathetic modern interventions, which will add the ‘wow’ factor externally and internally – Stephen Marston, University of Gloucestershire

The university has ambitions for the campus to be a space for teaching, learning and community partnerships while supporting the city centre’s regeneration and Gloucester University’s growth.

The building will primarily be for training Nursing and Education professionals, who will be moving into the campus in September 2023.

Computer generated images (CGIs) and a fly-through video of the exterior of the new campus have been released – the campus faces the city’s King’s Square, an area currently undergoing refurbishment by Gloucester City Council.


Gloucestershire University’s vice-chancellor Steve Marston expressed that sustainability, flexibility and creating a space that facilitates collaboration and wellbeing will be important features to the overall design of the building.

“We’re retaining and renovating the existing façade and will enhance the character of the building by adding sympathetic modern interventions, which will add the ‘wow’ factor externally and internally.

“It remains early in the design process, but we’ve been busy with engagement sessions for staff and students as it’s vital that their views shape our new facilities, from the technology and equipment we select to the look and feel of our teaching and social spaces.” Marston continued.


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