Univeristy of Cumbria Barrow Campus on Barrow Island new Univeristy of Cumbria p West

Day Architectural designed the campus for University of Cumbria. Credit: via University of Cumbria

Cumbria University seeks contractor for £23m Barrow campus

A £9.3m bid race has begun for the delivery of the 104,400 sq ft educational facility on Barrow Island that is set to open to students in summer 2024.

Firms have until 18 August to express their interest in building the campus, a project which is expected to take a year to complete.

Developed by the University of Cumbria and BAE Systems, the facility will sit next to BAE’s Submarine Academy of Skill and Knowledge.

The Day Architectural-designed scheme will serve nearly 1,500 students a year, offering courses in advanced manufacturing, computing, business management, project management, and supply chain and logistics.

Plans for the project were approved by Barrow-in-Furness Council’s planning committee last October.

The campus is expected to cost £23m, of which £13m would come from the Town Deal funds following Barrow’s successful £25m bid in 2020.

Also being funded by the £25m Town Deal pot is the Earnse Bay Outdoor Centre, a 15,600 sq ft educational community hub on Walney Island, for which Cumbria County Council and Natural England received the go-ahead in March.

To find out more about the project, search for application number B12/2022/0263 on Barrow-in-Furness Council’s planning portal.

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