Launch of a public consultation on the multi-million pound Living Lab at Peterborough University
Multi-million pound plans to create a living lab accessible to the public as phase three of the new University of Peterborough has taken a step forward.
A two-week public consultation was launched before a planning application for the development north of the Embankment site, next to Bishop’s Road, was submitted to Peterborough City Council.
The third phase of ARU Peterborough is the key to making the university a true community institution, adding a new cultural attraction to the city for residents and visitors.
The Living Lab will include an open and interactive science center and educational space to creatively engage people in science and technology.
There are also plans to use it to host events, exhibitions and flexible learning, including idea festivals, immersive exhibitions, hackathons, forums and evening classes. The new building will also contain additional teaching space for the university.
Funding is in place for the building, including £20million from the government’s Leveling Fund.
How can I participate in the consultation?
The consultation will begin on August 8 and the deadline for feedback and comments will be August 22.
The opportunity to learn more and speak up is available online and at two events.
The consultation events, where representatives will be on hand to answer questions, will take place at the Peterborough Cathedral Welcome and Learning Center on:
August 15: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. August 16: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Public comments will be considered as part of the development of plans prior to submission.
The public will then be able to comment to City Council on the development application as part of the regular planning process.
What about consultation?
Mayor Dr Nik Johnson said: ‘It is important that we hear the views of local people before planning permission is granted for this second teaching building and Living Lab.
“I encourage anyone interested in ARU Peterborough and its development to take a look online or attend one of the viewing events.”
Professor Ross Renton, Principal of ARU Peterborough, said: “We look forward to these ambitious plans being presented to the people of the city and the wider region, who will be the main beneficiaries of the new university, including including the Living Lab.
“I encourage members of the community to come to the cathedral to learn more about this transformative development.”
The creation of ARU Peterborough is part of the Embankment Masterplan being developed by the council which aims to maximize the area’s potential for recreation and culture.
Multi-million pound plans for a publicly accessible Living Lab at Peterborough University…