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Substantial University Investment will see Estate Improvements in Oadby

The University of Leicester is set to invest millions of pounds to enhance its estate in Oadby.

Proposed changes in the estate form part of the University’s 10-year masterplan which looks at a rolling programme of maintenance and improvements.

Leicester Time: Substantial University Investment will see Estate Improvements in Oadby
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As part of the plan, a number of properties will be sold to enable longer-term investment in the University’s property portfolio in the town.

This includes work with Oadby & Wigston Borough Council and other key stakeholders to enhance the Botanic Garden, as well as regeneration and maintenance work on buildings within the portfolio.

Kirsty Woodward, Director of Estates and Campus Services at the University of Leicester, said: “We are committed to Oadby and have no plans to leave but we are looking ahead to our investment and enhancement of our Oadby estate over the next 10 years.

“While all of our properties are compliant with safety regulations, some are now in need of greater long-term investment. The focus of our plans is to invest in quality, with disposal of a small number of properties, in order to reinvest in our remaining 1,600 bed space accommodation in Oadby, the Botanic Garden and our estate as a whole.

“We are excited about the improvements that this will bring to the estate to ensure quality and longevity for the future as expected by our staff and students.”

The properties earmarked for sale during 2023/24 are located in Stoughton Drive South:

  • Hastings House – (not the Botanic Garden)
  • Digby House and Meadowcourt Blocks
  • Inglewood
  • Highgrove

Residents have the opportunity to talk to members of University staff at one of its drop-in events at Beaumont House, Stoughton Drive South, Oadby, on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 13 September 2023 between 10am and 11.30am
  • Wednesday 13 September 2023 between 5.30pm and 7pm
  • Friday 22 September 4pm to 5pm