Plans for 400 space multi-storey car park at new Peterborough university research centre

A proposed research centre at the new Peterborough university would have a multi-storey car park with up to 400 spaces, according to newly submitted plans.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 5:00 am

City 3D printing specialists Photocentric will be the anchor of a new three-storey manufacturing and materials research and development centre at the ARU Peterborough campus, based around the Embankment.

The £16.47 million project off Bishop’s Road will focus on zero carbon technologies.

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How the new research and development centre could look

Now, a full application has been submitted to Peterborough City Council which reveals that the proposed multi-storey car park would have capacity for up to 400 spaces.

The building itself would be accessed via a new road off Bishop’s Road, while new bus stops nearby are also proposed.

The car park - which it is anticipated would be built at the same time as the research centre - would be accessed via a new T-junction which would also serve the existing Region Pool car park.

The planning application also reveals that there are plans to create a rain garden outside the new facility, which is due to open in 2022.

How the new research and development centre could look

One concern which was raised, however, was the fact a ground engineering report revealed the site has previously been used as a refuse tip with concerns over “contamination,” while there is “significant buried infrastructure (drainage and electrics) crossing the site”.

A decision on the application is expected to be made by the end of June.

Two research centres and three teaching buildings are proposed for ARU Peterborough which is due to open in September 2022.

A site plan for the new research and development centre
A site plan for the new research and development centre