A MULTI-million pound investment is planned for Chichester University’s Bognor Regis campus.
As part of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal with Government, the university has been awarded £8m to launch a new engineering and digital technology park at the Upper Bognor Road.
The university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Clive Behagg said: “This investment will enable the university to radically extend its academic portfolio to meet national and local government agendas for economic growth by increasing opportunities to grow new businesses and jobs at a local and regional level.
“Our bid for funding was put together by an amazing team at the University with great support from many engineering and creative technology businesses in the area.
“The university has so many local organisations to thank for their encouragement, including Arun District Council, the Bognor Regis Regeneration Board, Coastal West Sussex, West Sussex County Council and our visionary Local Enterprise Partnership, Coast to Capital.
“But I would particularly like to thank the people of Bognor Regis, including the town council, who have been unfailing in their faith in their local university.
“We will work hard to justify their belief in us by making this project a vital element in economic regeneration to benefit local people.”
The new facility will include an institute for sustainable enterprise and a centre for digital technology, located in a signature new building with a new prominent gateway entrance.
It enables the creation of a research centre for sustainable operations and departments of data science and advanced engineering and design.
It will also deliver 500 new science, technology, engineering undergraduate and postgraduate student places per year by 2020.
These students are set to graduate with strong sector focussed employability skills and industry experience and will generate an additional £5m per year into the local economy.
Cllr Gillian Brown, the leader of Arun District Council said: “This exciting investment in Bognor Regis builds upon the funding for the A29 re-alignment and the arrival of Rolls Royce to the town.
“It will help us to deliver our vision of making Bognor Regis a town where businesses, large and small, can thrive, create jobs for the town and where local people can access the very best education and training opportunities.”
The park will also work with and build on the teaching, enterprise and research of our existing business school and our existing media and music departments.
The Growth Deal is part of a £12billion long-term programme to revitalise local economies.
West Sussex County Council’s leader, Louise Goldsmith said: “This is extremely good news for West Sussex and brings substantial investment to key projects in the county.
“West Sussex County Council has identified the economy as one of our priority areas, and our aims are to see a growth in jobs, enterprise, skills and better infrastructure.
“These additional projects being funded under the Growth Deal tie in exactly with our key aims.”