University to improve Walsall Campus access following investment

The University of Wolverhampton plans to make its Walsall Campus more accessible to the public following investment of more than £50 million in the site.

A major redevelopment of Walsall Campus recently has brought much needed investment into the town, creating local opportunities and becoming the home of the UK Olympic Judo squad, as well as outstanding sports and arts facilities.

The University is now seeking to further improve the campus, with proposals to enhance the public access and make create a new, more visible entrance.
Plans for a new access road and car park have been submitted to Walsall Council.

Vice Chancellor Professor Geoff Layer said: "Universities are pivotal to the development of the local economy and building a better and more informed future. As the University of Opportunity we want to make sure that we are at the heart of our communities and economic growth. We are therefore seeking to significantly enhance physical access to our campus, further raising its profile in the town.”

The proposals would replace the existing Magdalene Road entrance to the campus with new access from Broadway. In addition, a new 248-space overflow car park would replace the existing temporary overspill one.

The Campus is home to the University’s Faculty of Health, Education & Wellbeing (which includes the Institute of Sport), and the Faculty of Arts (which includes Performing Arts).

Walsall is the University’s ‘Hub’ for Sport and has undergone significant development in recent years, with outstanding facilities used by the community and a Judo Centre of Excellence. It is also home to the flagship Performance Hub building, which houses world-class music and arts studios and equipment.

Potential impacts on amenity of residents of the new access have been carefully considered in the design of the car park and access. There is a sensitive lighting scheme and high quality landscaping, which will soften visual impact and help protect residential amenity.

It is anticipated that the plans will be considered by the Council at a meeting in late April/Early May 2015

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