University to buy Bath Police Station

The University is pleased to announce it has agreed to buy the freehold of Bath Police Station in Manvers Street in the city centre. Additional parking on adjoining land has also been secured through a long-term lease agreement with Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor, said:

“This is an excellent opportunity to locate more of the University’s activities in the city and to make an important contribution to the continued regeneration of the area around Manvers Street.

“Our presence in the centre of Bath already includes the highly successful Innovation Centre at Carpenter House and several students’ residences. We expect to begin using the building in the coming months to provide a base from which we can further strengthen our partnerships within the community of Bath.”

The existing building offers 30,000 square feet of space over four floors. The University is currently considering all options for its use both in the short and the long-term, and will be evaluating how best it can be used to support our wide range of teaching and research-related activities in discussion with the University community. Part of the building will continue to be occupied by its former owners for an agreed period of time whilst arrangements are finalised for the relocation of staff and services elsewhere within the city.

The news has been welcomed by Councillor Paul Crossley, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, who said: “Having an increased presence for the University in the City is a key building block of delivering the Enterprise Area. Evidence shows they are critical to innovation, skills development and attracting new businesses into an area as well as supporting new start-up companies.”

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