Sheffield Hallam University has announced the development of a new campus in north-west London. It will be the institution’s first campus outside of its home city. This satellite location will offer courses to up to 5000 students and is expected to open in 2025.
The campus will be a part of the larger Brent Cross Town redevelopment, which will include a new railway station, parks, retail, homes and office buildings. The total costs for redeveloping this area are expected to amount to £8 billion. The site totals 180 acres. Sheffield Hallam University will occupy half of a 240,000 square foot building which will be constructed out of timber and concrete, materials chosen to create a small carbon footprint. It will have its own entrance, and showers to allow for staff and students to cycle for their commute.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said, ‘I am delighted that Sheffield Hallam University will be opening its first satellite campus in Brent Cross Town, bringing a world-class educational hub, employment opportunities and new housing to the area.
‘This partnership between Sheffield Hallam University, Brent Cross Town and other partners demonstrates what can be achieved when different sectors come together to invest into London’s future and help to build a better, more sustainable and more prosperous city for everyone.’
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Aside from university teaching, this campus will also serve to connect students to work-based learning and work experience placements. Developers sought out higher education as an anchor for the development, and Sheffield Hallam fit the bill, opening the opportunity for partnership.
Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, Professor Sir Chris Husbands, said, ‘It is clear that our values and commitment to transforming lives are shared by the vision and partners behind the Brent Cross Town development.
‘This exciting development provides Sheffield Hallam with an outstanding opportunity. It builds on our strengths, will allow us to develop wider relationships, and expand our profile as focused on applying knowledge. It will offer extensive benefits for our existing university community.
‘We are very much looking forward to working with the Brent Cross Town partners and the local community to create a new knowledge hub, which will be an asset that showcases our award-winning applied approach to teaching, learning and research at the heart of Brent Cross Town.’
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