Legal signing gives Uni the go ahead

UNIVERSITY Campus Suffolk leaders met today to mark the signing of a legal agreement which will give the project the go ahead.Representatives from UCS, the East of England Development Agency, Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk College and Suffolk County Council were at the Salthouse Harbour Hotel at Ipswich Waterfront to celebrate their formal working relationship.

UNIVERSITY Campus Suffolk (UCS) leaders met today to mark the signing of a legal agreement which will give the project the go ahead.

Representatives from UCS, the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk College and Suffolk County Council were at the Salthouse Harbour Hotel at Ipswich Waterfront to celebrate their formal working relationship.

The agreement between the organisations due to be made legally binding in the next few weeks, will release funds into the project and make land transfers between the organisations official.

Professor Bob Anderson, Chief Executive Officer at UCS, said: “We are very pleased to be close to the end of a very long but necessary process which will align all of the funding streams and land ownership matters.

“We are now in a position to push on with our plans and continue to deliver this radical exciting new university campus on time and in line with our proposals.”

Ipswich Borough Council Leader Liz Harsant said: “This is another huge step in our project to revolutionise education in Ipswich.

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“Ipswich is the fastest growing urban centre in the East of England and a university campus is sure to attract even more investment.”

The first university campus students are expected to enrol in the organisation in September 2007 and the first UCS building is due to open on Ipswich Waterfront in September 2008.