PETERBOROUGH: Start of work at city's new University Centre marked at ceremony
PUBLISHED: 15:31 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010
THE first shovel of mud was dug away at the site of Peterborough s new University Centre, at a joint ceremony to launch work on the £8.5million complex. Yesterday s ceremony was held jointly between Peterborough Regional College and Anglia Ruskin Universi
THE first shovel of mud was dug away at the site of Peterborough's new University Centre, at a joint ceremony to launch work on the £8.5million complex.
Yesterday's ceremony was held jointly between Peterborough Regional College and Anglia Ruskin University, which have teamed up to provide a new centre in Peterborough.
Don Lawson, principal of Peterborough Regional College; Martin Fisher, chairman of Corporation Board; and Professor Michael Thorne, vice chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, ceremonially cut the ground at the site to mark the start of work.
Speaking before the ceremony, Mr Thorne said: "I am confident that this new higher education centre will make a substantial contribution to providing the higher level skills needed for prosperity.
"We are looking to support the people of Peterborough and produce a more vibrant economy for the benefit of future generations."
The £8.5million centre is expected to be completed by September 2009 and will include state-of-the-art teaching rooms, a large lecture hall and conference rooms, as well as a higher education study area, café and a one-stop shop for student support.
It is part of a major redevelopment of the Park Crescent campus, with a new £100million further education college also due to open in 2012.
Mr Lawson said: "The future success of the city depends on the collaborative working that is taking place to make the University Centre work for everyone from the area.
"It's the start of a very exciting period of development and the result of a dedicated effort between Anglia Ruskin University and Peterborough Regional College."
The project is funded through a joint venture between Peterborough Regional College and Anglia Ruskin University, with extra funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the East of England Development Agency and the Learning and Skills Council.
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