Sheffield Hallam University will open its first satellite campus outside of Sheffield in Brent Cross Town, the 180-acre, €9.1bn (£8bn) new park town in London. The University is another piece of Brent Cross Town’s transformative 3 million ft² commercial district of academic organisations, major corporations, global innovators, start-ups and scale-ups and will bring forward the seventh major building in the first phase of the Brent Cross Town Development.
Sheffield Hallam University’s commitment to Brent Cross Town follows the recent announcement of the €687m (£600m) partnership with Invesco Real Estate, acting on behalf of a US separate account client, to deliver four buildings, totalling c. 800 sale and build to rent homes overlooking the recently opened Claremont Park. Leading provider of student accommodation, Fusion Students, is also underway with 662 high quality private student rooms in a dedicated new building. This significant momentum also includes the forthcoming Brent Cross West station and several new public squares.
Brent Cross Town is strategically located for Sheffield Hallam University to establish a London satellite campus. It has direct access to both the King’s Cross - Euston Knowledge Quarter, which is just 12 minutes away via the new Brent Cross West station, and the Oxford-Cambridge Arc to the north of London. Students will have exceptional access to higher education facilities, innovative businesses and a destination that has pledged to achieve net zero carbon by 2030 at the latest.
Nick Searl, Partner at Related Argent, added: “We are delighted to be welcoming Sheffield Hallam University to Brent Cross Town. With its excellent connectivity, commitment to wellness and net zero carbon, plus its 15-minute town centre concept, it makes an ideal location for them to grow their community. The University’s commitment is a milestone in the broader evolution of the development, which is gaining significant momentum and attracting an ever-widening group of partners who believe in what we are doing and want to be part of that journey.”
Sheffield Hallam University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Chris Husbands, said: “It is clear that our values and commitment to transforming lives are shared by the vision and partners behind the Brent Cross Town development. This exciting development provides Sheffield Hallam with an outstanding opportunity. It builds on our strengths, will allow us to develop wider relationships, and expand our profile as focused on applying knowledge. It will offer extensive benefits for our existing university community. We are very much looking forward to working with the Brent Cross Town partners and the local community to create a new knowledge hub, which will be an asset that showcases our award-winning applied approach to teaching, learning and research at the heart of Brent Cross Town.”
Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Barry Rawlings said: “We welcome this opportunity for residents to access first class higher education at Brent Cross Town with an award-winning, nationally recognised university that has a strong record of supporting its local community. This is part of our vision, as a dynamic and innovative borough, to put communities at the heart of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I am delighted that Sheffield Hallam University will be opening its first satellite campus in Brent Cross Town, bringing a world-class educational hub, employment opportunities and new housing to the area. This partnership between Sheffield Hallam University, Brent Cross Town and other partners demonstrates what can be achieved when different sectors come together to invest into London’s future and help to build a better, more sustainable and more prosperous city for everyone.”
Oliver Coppard, South Yorkshire Mayor, said: “This is really exciting news for both Sheffield Hallam and our region. A Sheffield Hallam campus in London will extend not only the University’s but South Yorkshire’s reach and reputation. It will enable new connections and relationships with business, industry and public services, as well as exciting new opportunities for students and research. Like the rest of South Yorkshire, Sheffield Hallam University has ambitious plans for the future. I look forward to working with and supporting Sheffield Hallam as they move forward with this exciting project.