Anglia Ruskin looks towards milestone move to Rivermead

Published: 27 June 2006 at 14:15

Anglia Ruskin University have confirmed that the final preparations for the planned move of all facilities from its former Central location, in Chelmsford, to the new single site Rivermead campus are almost complete.

The sale to Countryside Properties has been concluded on an unconditional basis. Following on from the vacation of the Park Road facility and the Anne Knight Building, dates have now been confirmed for the final push to move all teaching facilities to the fast-developing Rivermead area.

During the month of July, the University will handover the North Block, the demountable building and the small car park to developers Countryside Properties plc.  All other parts of the former campus will be passed over in the autumn of 2008.  This will help to pave the way for the next phase in the redevelopment of the area into the planned Arts and Commercial Quarter.

Speaking on behalf of Anglia Ruskin University, Stephen Turner, Director of Estates, said:

“This is excellent news for the staff and students of Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.  It means that a new and immensely impressive campus facility is reaching the final stages of construction and will be available for the benefit of all who teach and study here.”

“It has been a long road but the incredible vision of those who first began discussing the move of the University is now in sight.”

“The reputation of Anglia Ruskin University is continuing to grow within the UK as news of these prestigious campus facilities continues to spread to all corners of the East of England and beyond.”

“The major town centre regeneration project is exactly what Chelmsford needs to provide the vitality and growth in infrastructure that comes with a burgeoning university town. The new and exciting construction programme for this immediate area is moving tantalisingly closer.”

“Anglia Ruskin University already provides an unrivalled, friendly and accessible higher education experience for the people of Chelmsford and we are delighted to see our development plans coming together so that enhanced and contemporary facilities are available to staff, students and the local community.”

The University is currently constructing a new £8m healthcare education centre to help modernise and grow the Essex healthcare workforce of the future.  A recent ground-breaking event signalled the start of construction of the state-of-the-art building for Anglia Ruskin’s Institute of Health and Social Care (IHSC).

The new centre, positioned between the Tindal and Mildmay Buildings, should be up and running by the start of the academic year 2007.