Worcester MP Robin Walker is delighted that three key projects in Worcester have been given the green light to receive nearly £5 million as part of the Government’s Getting Britain Building Fund, which will help support jobs, skills and infrastructure in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Robin was delighted with this announcement, which comes in addition to the potential of Worcester’s bids for both the Future High Streets Fund and Stronger Towns Fund, which between them have the potential to deliver tens of millions more for regeneration and infrastructure for Worcester.

The funding will support regeneration projects in Worcester, and include:

  • £3 million for the redevelopment of the Severn Campus at the University of Worcester to create the new green infrastructure for extra nursing and health students, as well as many others. The University plans to use the new facilities to develop a major expansion of its longstanding community health promotion programme at the Campus which embraces a strong healthy ageing programme as well as multiple sports and dance programmes for children. The University is also working on creating the country’s first inclusive cricket centre in partnership with the England Cricket Board and this grant will help with both power and walking and wheeling connectivity.
  • £1 million for the Kepax walking & cycling bridge which will deliver a key Active Travel Corridor priority for the city. It involves installation of a walking and cycling bridge across the River Severn in Worcester which will link areas of north Worcester that are currently severed by the river and will help to ease congestion on the city’s highway network.
  • £850,000 for the Worcester Shrub Hill Quarter and Master plan: The City masterplan vision for the Shrub Hill quarter is to provide a high-quality office quarter with employment-led mixed use development incorporating new parking, transport interchange, and the creation of a dynamic and vibrant focus of City Centre expansion and sustainable economic Growth. The delivery of the masterplan vision for the Shrub Hill and Canalside masterplan areas will require commitment to a long term, coordinated, regeneration led approach to bringing forward development in the area. This project will deliver the technical and engineering business case for the Station and underpin the early strategic land acquisition currently being negotiated by WCC.

These projects will follow the Government’s aim to support the country’s economic recovery by creating new jobs, reducing carbon emissions, building new houses and infrastructure projects and supporting the development of future talent.

Speaking after the announcement, Robin said:

“I have been a big fan of what the University has already achieved on inclusive sport and how it supports people of all ages with health and well-being but their plans for an international centre for inclusive sport will really put Worcester on the map.”

“I am delighted that the infrastructure to support this project and deliver vital regeneration in a key part of our riverside is being funded by the Governments Getting Britain Building Fund.”

“This project will compliment both the new cycling and walking bridge at Kepax and the major expansion of nursing training announced last week and keep our university and city at the forefront of development in health and active travel.”

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

“We are very excited to see this new funding confirmed by Government. Worcestershire is set to receive £12M for a range of projects designed to stimulate growth and get the local economy back on track.”

“Worcestershire is a key economy within the Midlands and this support from Government further emphasises that. We are looking forward to working with our partners across the county on these projects as we continue Worcestershire’s development towards our vision of a connected, creative, dynamic economy for all.”

Professor David Green CBE, the University Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive said:

“We are very grateful to the Worcestershire Local Economic Partnership and HM Government for this positive investment. We are deeply committed to growing and developing the outstanding health workforce that our City and region so badly needs.”

“The redevelopment of the former Worcester News building will provide community as well as educational facilities and this will be theme of the development of the Severn Campus which will have inclusion of the local community and well-being at its heart.”

“Much of this work will be permitted development and we will let the contracts as quickly as possible providing much needed construction jobs to help our local citizens and the economy recover from the negative economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:

“As we get Britain building we are also laying the foundations for a green economic recovery by investing in vital infrastructure for local communities, creating jobs and building environmentally-friendly homes with a huge £1.3bn investment announced today.

“This Government is determined to level up all parts of the country and this funding will not only give a much needed boost to our economic recovery, it will help build the good quality, affordable homes the country needs.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

For more on the Towns Fund, please see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/2019/09/worcester-to-benefit-from-new-towns-fund/

For more on the Future High Streets Fund, please see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/2019/08/future-high-streets-funding-boost-for-worcester/