Consultation on university’s Bognor expansion

Professor Clive Behagg
Professor Clive Behagg

AMBITIOUS plans for an £8m expansion of the university campus in Bognor Regis will go on show next month.

The University of Chichester will stage two public sessions on January 14 about its proposed engineering and digital technology park at its Upper Bognor Road site.

A spokesman said: “Public consultations will be held from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm in the Dome at our Bognor campus. Display boards will be prominent and representatives of our university will be available to answer any questions.

“Following the public consultation, the display boards will be available to members of the public for a week in the learning resources centre at our Bognor campus.

“Letters to local residents advising them of the consultation are due to be sent out on December 30 and a public notice will appear in the Bognor Regis Gazette and Observer series on January 7.”

As reported, the university has been given an £8m grant for the new facility to provide modern skills to 500 students as year as part of the Coast to Capital local enterprise partnership’s growth deal with the government.

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.”

An institute for sustainable enterprise and a centre for digital technology will be included in the new technology park.

The expansion also enables the creation of a research centre for sustainable operations and departments of data science and advanced engineering and design.

Coast to Capital chief executive Ron Crank said: “These significant investments in projects will help to improve the daily lives and prospects of local people.

“This investment by the University of Chichester is an important building block in the creation of a new business and employment future for Bognor.”

All the students will graduate with strong jobs skills and experience.

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