Scarborough celebrates two developments set to transform the fortunes of the town
PUBLISHED: 00:00 27 May 2015 | UPDATED: 15:06 16 February 2016
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Market Hall set for regeneration and a unique link-up with Coventry University
Next time you decide to send someone to Coventry, you might actually be packing them off to Scarborough.
Confusing? Maybe a little, but the financial benefits of opening a new Coventry University campus in Scarborough are clear for all to see (even if you haven’t got an economics degree).
The new facility is part of a £45m scheme, developed via a partnership between Scarborough Borough Council and local businesses, that also includes a University Technical College, a Sports Village and state-of-the-art student accommodation.
Its aim is to address the current employment and skills deficit in the local community and, as a game-changing by-product, regenerate the coastal community to the tune of £1bn over the next decade.
‘We’ve been working for some time with Scarborough Borough Council and local and regional businesses to develop what will be the most exciting educational development of this type in the country,’ said Ian Dunn, deputy vice-chancellor of Coventry University.
‘Bringing high quality higher education to Scarborough is the start of a journey towards a full university campus in the town and means continuity of higher education provision and significant growth for learners and skilled local people to fill the surge in new jobs planned in the borough.’
Coventry University is initially investing more than £12m, with ambitious plans to eventually cater for in excess of 5,000 students. The new campus will be led by Professor Craig Gaskell as its founding provost and will directly create more than 100 new jobs in its initial phase with hundreds more to come through its impact on the local economy.
Enrolment on a selection of courses will begin in September, with a full range available when the new campus building opens next year.
In a separate, but no less welcome, development, the joint regeneration team at Scarborough Borough Council and the Business School of Scarborough Campus of Hull University, has secured £2.7m from the Coastal Communities Fund to transform the town’s market hall.
‘This is the beginning of a new era for the market hall and will inject confidence, not only into the lovely old building, but the excellent businesses we have trading in there,’ said Councillor Derek Bastiman. ‘We will be in a position to attract more traders into the area, creating more jobs and better opportunities, and aim to regenerate old crafts and apprenticeships so we can once again see traditional bakers and butchers working in the area.’
The Business School is developing an online shopping facility for the market hall, enabling all the traders to sell through a single website, with customers only making one transaction even if they are buying from several shops.
The interior of the market hall will also look dramatically different with a new mezzanine floor running round three sides of the building, housing new food operators and business units whilst the existing stalls will be replaced with more modern units.
According to David Kelly, Scarborough Borough Council’s economic development manager: ‘It will be a great example of a 21st century market, providing a better place for our existing businesses, an exciting place for new traders and a great destination for shoppers and diners.’
Mark Nockels, a butcher whose family has worked in the market hall for two generations, is equally delighted, adding: ‘This is the best news we have had for ages. This sort of investment and confidence in the market will be great for us all.’
Work will start this summer and should take about a year to complete.