University House, ARU Peterborough – tour and discussion

Date & Time:Wednesday 7th February 2024

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Higher Education design and the levelling up agenda: opportunities, challenges and lessons from ARU Peterborough

To what extent do universities bolster the regeneration of cities and towns and is the impact as good as they think?’

Join us for a tour and discussion led by the winners of Building’s Higher Education Architect of the Year Award, MCW architects, on 7th February 2024 at Anglia Ruskin University Peterborough – the UK’s newest university.

ARU Peterborough’s signature building, University House, has been designed first and foremostly as a civic asset for the community. Open to the public, it aims to facilitate connections between higher education and the local community in an area of the UK that is in the bottom 10% for skills levels. Delivered via a unique partnership between the Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority, Peterborough City Council and ARU, the site is an accessible, contemporary, welcoming, and sustainable focal point for the city. With Phase 2 complete, and Phase 3 on site aiming to deliver a publicly accessible ‘Living Lab’ to inspire and engage the city and wider region in technologies and careers of the future, it’s sure to be an illuminating event. The tour will be followed by a discussion on the following question: ‘to what extent do universities bolster the regeneration of cities and towns and is the impact as good as they think?’ A discussion focussed on the lessons learned from the UK’s newest university, ARU- Peterborough.

Programme

    • 1:00 – 1:30pm Refreshments and light lunch
    • 1:30 – 2.15pm Brief project overview and questions
    • 2:15 – 2.30pm Break and gather for tour
    • 2:30 – 3:45pm Building tour
    • 3:45 – 4:00pm Break and refreshments
    • 4:00 – 5:00pm Discussion and debate
    • 5pm depart

Speakers

Lien Geens, Lead Architect, MCW Architects
Ross Renton, Principal at ARU Peterborough
Student representative, ARU Peterborough
Adrian Chapman, Peterborough City Council – Executive Director: Place and Economy

With thanks to our event host and sponsor
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