A team of planners from Pegasus Group have helped secure unanimous support for the next phase of university development at ARU Peterborough.

The planning committee of Peterborough City Council granted permission for the hybrid application that is set to deliver a £16.7m Research and Development Centre.

Rob Riding, Principal Planner said: “The application was submitted in a hybrid form with full permission granted for a £16.7m Research and Development Centre which will form part of the new university campus.”

“In addition to the 3,300sqm R&D building, outline permission was also granted for a new car park to provide up to 180 additional spaces.  Phase 1 of the university campus is already being constructed and construction of the Phase 2 building will commence later this year.”

“This was a real team effort and it is fantastic news that we have helped deliver permission for the next stage of the campus.”

The centre will feature flexible research space over three floors, helping to complete the transformation of the under-utilised Wirrina car park into a green, well landscaped campus, fully accessible to the public.

It will link with local industry, fostering collaboration and innovation in a wide range of materials technologies, including 3D printing research, sustainable plastics, and new ways to make batteries. It is a joint venture between Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and Peterborough-based business Photocentric.

Planning permission for the first teaching building has already been approved as Phase 1 of the university campus and works are underway. The University is set to open in September 2022 to its first 2,000 students and is a partnership between the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Peterborough City Council and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).

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