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Development update, 24 March 2017

On 27 March work will start on construction of the new Business School and Growth Hub building at Oxstalls campus. Please see Resident Update letter distributed to nearby residents.

Development update, 20 March 2017

Work has now started on preparing the site for the new sports facilities at Plock Court. Please see Resident Update letter distributed to nearby residents.

Development update, 7 February 2017

The university’s detailed plans for the new Business School and Growth Hub building to be built at Oxstalls campus were approved by Gloucester City Council’s planning committee tonight (7 February). Construction work is expected to start in March and the building is planned to be open in September 2018.

Development update, 2 November 2016

The University of Gloucestershire has unveiled the designs for its landmark new Business School and Growth Hub building at the Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. The designs can be seen below:

1. Exterior view
2. Exterior approach view with trees
3. Interior ground floor atrium space
4. Interior atrium view - 1st floor
5. East and south elevations
6. North and west elevations

The designs for the Business School and Growth Hub building forms part of a Reserved Matters planning application which has been submitted to Gloucester City Council. It includes additional car parking, landscaping and a redesign of the Cheltenham Road/Oxstalls Lane junction as well as full detail of the interior and exterior of the new building. The new flagship building will be the new home for the University’s Business School, currently located in Cheltenham, and will provide expanded space and facilities for the Growth Hub which is already based at Oxstalls. 

Over the past six months, extensive consultation has taken place with local residents and key stakeholders.  Early designs of the proposed new building were on show throughout August online and at Oxstalls campus, culminating in a public exhibition on 6 September. The final designs submitted to the City Council for approval have been substantially modified in response to the public consultation, with changes in the colour of the cladding, the layout of the windows, and the treatment of the roofline.  The building height will be lower than the existing hockey pitch floodlights, and substantial landscaping will provide a buffer so the building is screened from local residential properties. 

Significant work has also been carried out on the design of the access road to the new building where it crosses the Public Right of Way. This is to ensure sufficient visibility, reduced traffic speeds, and priority for pedestrians and cyclists.  Flood risk in the area will be reduced by surfacing areas of the new car park with permeable material, whilst ponds created as part of the new landscaping will divert any remaining surface water to the brook.

The full application documents are available to view on the planning link on the City Council’s website using the application reference 16/01241/REM. The City Council will undertake a period of statutory public consultation to give the public a further opportunity to comment on the plans.

Development update, 1 November 2016

The university’s detailed plans for new sports facilities at Plock Court were approved by the City Council’s planning committee tonight (1 November). Construction work on the two new all-weather sports pitches, sports hall and cricket pavilion  is expected to start over the next few months and be completed during 2018.

Consultation update, 6 September 2016

The updated design proposals for the Business School and Growth Hub building are available to view online now. Members of the public unable to attend the public exhibition at Oxstalls campus held on 6 September between 4pm and 7pm can email any comments to The reserved matters planning application is expected to be submitted to Gloucester City Council later this month.

Consultation update, 5 August 2016 

A full public exhibition to show the development proposals for the new Business School and Growth Hub building will be held at Oxstalls Campus between 4pm and 7pm on Tuesday 6 September, in advance of submission of a Reserved Matters planning application.

In order to provide sufficient opportunity for residents to view and comment on the developing design proposals as they evolve, some of the initial design proposals are available to view online now. These visuals are also on display in the reception area of Oxstalls Campus. Residents can drop in at any time of day, 7 days a week, until 5 September – the day prior to the detailed exhibition on 6 September.

Feedback forms for residents to submit comments and queries are available by the display at Oxstalls campus or to download. Feedback forms can be placed in the box provided at Oxstalls Campus or sent via email to or by post to the Communications team, University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham GL50 2RH.

The public exhibition on 6 September will show the updated design development proposals for the Business School and Growth Hub building. At this event, representatives from the university and the design team will be on hand to answer any further questions. The Reserved Matters planning application is expected to be submitted in late September, after which the City Council’s statutory consultation process will take place.

Consultation update, 6 July 2016

The university held an informal, drop-in public exhibition of the development proposals for the sports facilities at Plock Court at Oxstalls campus on Wednesday 6 July. Prior to submission of the reserved matters planning application in August, please see a PDF of the exhibition boards

Redevelopment of Oxstalls campus 

On 1 March 2016 Gloucester City Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the university’s outline plans for the redevelopment of Oxstalls campus, Debenhams Playing Field, the Oxstalls Sports Park and the Plock Court playing fields, and playing field land occupied by the former Bishops College.

We originally announced our plans, together with our partners the City and County Councils and the Aspire Trust, back in March 2015.  Over the past year, as a result of detailed discussion and consultation with residents, community groups, councillors and other stakeholders, we have made significant changes to improve the plans.  We submitted our first planning application in September 2015, and a revised application taking account of further consultations and technical studies in December 2015. 

We believe these plans will bring enormous benefits for the City and the community as well as the University  -  with better education opportunities, better business services, better sports facilities, and a big boost to jobs and growth.  The plans will see Oxstalls Campus, which is already home to The Growth Hub, become the new base for the University’s Business School, relocated from Cheltenham.  That will bring business education, economic development and business services under one roof, with benefits for students and businesses.  At the same time, working with the City and County Councils, Aspire Sports & Cultural Trust, and a range of local and national sports governing bodies, the University’s plans will link together and expand the sporting facilities available on Oxstalls Campus, Oxstalls Sports Park, and the school playing fields at Bishops College.  The facilities will benefit both students and the community, and will be developed and run in partnership between the University and Aspire.

We are delighted that the planning committee recognised these benefits in giving us unanimous approval to move forward to the next stage. 

Over the past year the University has worked hard, along with its partners the City and County Councils and the Aspire Trust, to develop the best possible development scheme, while also seeking to address the issues and concerns raised. We have investigated an extensive range of options, and consulted widely, to try to ensure that the scheme balances the interests and needs of a range of stakeholders. 

The University is happy to accept the conditions that have been attached to the consent, which will give assurance to the local community that the impacts of the development will be effectively managed. 

We will now move forward to develop detailed designs for the new facilities, and will continue to provide further updates on our plans in the coming months.


What could a redeveloped Oxstalls / Plock Court bring to Gloucester?

  • Bring at least 2000 more students to Gloucester and increase skilled workforce, innovation and enterprise in city and county
  • Increase student spending in Gloucester from £7.7m to more than £20m per annum
  • New dual use community and University sports facilities including 4G pitches, new sports hall and stadium
  • Further boost links between University and business community through support for growth and economic development from The Growth Hub
  • Boost culture, vibrancy and community in Gloucester
  • Improve community access to landscaped areas in Oxstalls
  • A new business school and Growth Hub building for business education, consultancy and growth
  • New 4G sports pitches and a new sports hall and sports stand for community and university use
  • Landscaped green space with improved community access