Our exciting regeneration plans for Peterborough are the most ambitious this city has seen for decades and a real source of personal pride.
A key part of these plans is ARU Peterborough, the city’s new £30 million university and this week marked the very start of its construction.
On Tuesday I gathered with James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and Professor Roderick Watkins, Vice Chancellor of ARU, for a special sod cutting ceremony at the site.
Despite the freezing conditions this event really warmed my heart because it felt like such a significant moment in the project, which has been several years in the making.
I can’t wait to see ARU constructed and the benefits it will bring to our city and the region will be enormous and last for generations to come.
Our ambition is to launch a job creating, employment-focussed university that will deliver courses targeted specifically towards industries across Peterborough where demand currently outstrips availability of skilled workers.
The university is on track to open in September 2022, catering initially for 2,000 students, with numbers projected to rise to 5,000 by 2025 and 12,500 by 2030.
In the first five years after opening, it will create an initial 170 university jobs and 300 supply chain jobs, in addition to 50 temporary construction jobs while it is being built.
The ARU is part of our commitment to ensuring Peterborough is a great place to live, work and relax for years to come.
With the Fletton Quays development progressing at pace, the city centre recently transformed and the regeneration of the Station Quarter, North Westgate and Northminster all in the pipeline, the city’s time really is now. (more…)