The existing student residences at Freemen’s Common are coming to the end of their life. This presents an exciting opportunity for us to look at this area as a whole and how it could be redeveloped to provide a better range of accommodation. We will be appointing a development partner to work with us on this project and will consult with the community as soon as plans are further developed. In summary, our ambitions are for a redeveloped Freemen’s Common to provide:
- A greater range and quality of student residences, offering the opportunity to accommodate more students in purpose-built accommodation and reduce pressure on more traditional housing stock in the local area.
- A new Teaching and Learning Centre, which will provide a flexible new academic space and add to the quality of the University’s teaching space.
- Significant car parking provision, which will at least maintain the number of car parking spaces that are currently accommodated on the site.
Importantly, the proposals will protect the historic Freemen’s Cottages and look to create new and improved landscaped areas and pedestrian and cycling routes to connect this area of our campus better with the surrounding communities.