University pledges to turn Orchard House into a first-class centre for learning

University pledges to turn Orchard House into a first-class centre for learning

University pledges to turn Orchard House into a first-class centre for learning

First published in News Worcester News: Tom Edwards Exclusive by , Political Reporter

THE University of Worcester has outlined its plans to transform a key city centre site - saying it intends to open more teaching facilities as part of its ongoing expansion.

Professor David Green, the university's vice-chancellor, says he plans to continue with recent award-winning design work by revamping the Orchard House complex in Farrier Street.

As your Worcester News revealed last week, the site is currently the HQ of Worcester City Council but is being sold in a £3.1 million deal along with the Moors car park.

Your Worcester News can reveal that the university plans to turn Orchard House into a mixed-use facility, with office space for its staff, teaching rooms for a vast array of courses and learning hubs for students.

The Moors car park, meanwhile, which has around 100 parking spaces, will be used by teaching staff to help solve a dire shortage elsewhere.

The sale includes neighbouring buildings Wyatt House and Graveney House.

Professor Green, who is also the university's chief executive, said: "We will create new high quality, inclusive teaching and learning facilities and fully accessible office space.

"The city centre location of the complex will help the university further develop its extensive educational work for professionals and business people.

"The location of Orchard House, so close to the Hive and the university’s city campus makes it an excellent centre for further educational development.

"We won the 2012 award for the best retro-fit building in Britain and has just been nominated for more Green Gown awards than any other university in the country.

"We will refurbish the buildings in line with our award winning commitments to inclusion and sustainability."

The city council is intending to move all its staff to the ground floor of Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum by March 2015, which has been empty since The Hive opened two years ago.

Under the plans around £200,000 to £300,000 will be spent on kitting out the ground section into office space, but the museum's facilities will remain open as normal after the staff move in to occupy part of the site.

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9:08am Mon 28 Jul 14

Slobbin says...

How do I object to the closure of the car park? Does anyone know the web link?
How do I object to the closure of the car park? Does anyone know the web link? Slobbin
  • Score: 0

9:49am Mon 28 Jul 14

brooksider says...

Slobbin wrote:
How do I object to the closure of the car park? Does anyone know the web link?
Lovely little deal that one.
For cost of around £50 a day, the University can make a nice profit whilst we taxpayers pay to maintain it.

it would also be interesting to know how many of the remaining 200 spaces are taken up by Council staff with subsidised parking passes.
[quote][p][bold]Slobbin[/bold] wrote: How do I object to the closure of the car park? Does anyone know the web link?[/p][/quote]Lovely little deal that one. For cost of around £50 a day, the University can make a nice profit whilst we taxpayers pay to maintain it. it would also be interesting to know how many of the remaining 200 spaces are taken up by Council staff with subsidised parking passes. brooksider
  • Score: 7

9:54am Mon 28 Jul 14

ferdyfling says...

So the university need Moor st car park because of the dire shortage of car parking in Worcester!. Well with Sanctuary housing currently building in Farrier st with "up to 500 new jobs" and most of these staff undoubtedly needing to park, plus the park and ride closing, I dread to think of the chaos that will follow.
So the university need Moor st car park because of the dire shortage of car parking in Worcester!. Well with Sanctuary housing currently building in Farrier st with "up to 500 new jobs" and most of these staff undoubtedly needing to park, plus the park and ride closing, I dread to think of the chaos that will follow. ferdyfling
  • Score: 13

2:07pm Mon 28 Jul 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Slobbin wrote:
How do I object to the closure of the car park? Does anyone know the web link?
Me too.
Worcester does not need to lose car parking spaces.
[quote][p][bold]Slobbin[/bold] wrote: How do I object to the closure of the car park? Does anyone know the web link?[/p][/quote]Me too. Worcester does not need to lose car parking spaces. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: -1

8:59pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Slobbin says...

Don't get me wrong, I love that the university is expanding, I'm pleased the Council is making some money and relieved that the art gallery is being used. I just need to be able to use the car park!
Don't get me wrong, I love that the university is expanding, I'm pleased the Council is making some money and relieved that the art gallery is being used. I just need to be able to use the car park! Slobbin
  • Score: 1

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