University's Knowledge Gateway research park moves forward

BUILDING work on a £21 million business school at Essex University has begun.

Preparation work for the Essex Business School, part of the 42-acre Knowledge Gateway research park, was kicked off on Wednesday morning.

However, there remains no starting date for construction of the development’s centrepiece, the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution designed by world-famous architect and university alumnus Daniel Libeskind.

Building work has already begun on the first part of the development - The £22 million Meadows student housing campus with 650 bedrooms - which is due to be completed by August this year.

University bosses are also finalising a funding agreement for a £2.4 million loan from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership to build the Parkside Office Village.

See Thursday's Gazette for the full story

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10:24am Thu 3 Jan 13

totallyfootball says...

More tax payers money being wasted. But I do love the name of the centre piece, well I suppose you have to justify the hideous spend somehow?
More tax payers money being wasted. But I do love the name of the centre piece, well I suppose you have to justify the hideous spend somehow? totallyfootball

1:40pm Thu 3 Jan 13

zt00013 says...

@totallyfootball

Education is the best long term investment one can make. The construction industry will be boosted immediately. The increased capacity of the university means more residents and more pounds spent in Colchester. 'Stuff' costs money, I'm glad investment is running into a fine institution that will benefit all of Colchester providing jobs and giving a quick injection to re-invigorate the construction industry.

Please explain the reasons for your comment? Or where would you want your tax payer money spent, I suppose you would moan and complain whatever the outcome. Boring little englander.
@totallyfootball Education is the best long term investment one can make. The construction industry will be boosted immediately. The increased capacity of the university means more residents and more pounds spent in Colchester. 'Stuff' costs money, I'm glad investment is running into a fine institution that will benefit all of Colchester providing jobs and giving a quick injection to re-invigorate the construction industry. Please explain the reasons for your comment? Or where would you want your tax payer money spent, I suppose you would moan and complain whatever the outcome. Boring little englander. zt00013

1:58pm Thu 3 Jan 13

jammin says...

Whilst I agree eduction is money well spent, not many students at Essex uni are from the UK!
Whilst I agree eduction is money well spent, not many students at Essex uni are from the UK! jammin

2:07pm Thu 3 Jan 13

totallyfootball says...

zt00013 wrote:
@totallyfootball

Education is the best long term investment one can make. The construction industry will be boosted immediately. The increased capacity of the university means more residents and more pounds spent in Colchester. 'Stuff' costs money, I'm glad investment is running into a fine institution that will benefit all of Colchester providing jobs and giving a quick injection to re-invigorate the construction industry.

Please explain the reasons for your comment? Or where would you want your tax payer money spent, I suppose you would moan and complain whatever the outcome. Boring little englander.
Looking after the elderly that have looked after us all these years, not to someone who in years to come will be either no better off or over qualified and having to sponge off the benefits system. This town has enough educational outlets in my opinion. However when my mother was fit enough to live in her wn home she got £60 per week pension, now they want £400 per week to look after her in a home.

What will you be paying when you get there or are you going to do what you are doing now and looking short term? As for your personal comments you obviously did not attend one of these establishments as insults in this country are the mark of some one with low or limited intelligence or maybe you are not from this country and just getting what you can out of it? Have a good year.
[quote][p][bold]zt00013[/bold] wrote: @totallyfootball Education is the best long term investment one can make. The construction industry will be boosted immediately. The increased capacity of the university means more residents and more pounds spent in Colchester. 'Stuff' costs money, I'm glad investment is running into a fine institution that will benefit all of Colchester providing jobs and giving a quick injection to re-invigorate the construction industry. Please explain the reasons for your comment? Or where would you want your tax payer money spent, I suppose you would moan and complain whatever the outcome. Boring little englander.[/p][/quote]Looking after the elderly that have looked after us all these years, not to someone who in years to come will be either no better off or over qualified and having to sponge off the benefits system. This town has enough educational outlets in my opinion. However when my mother was fit enough to live in her wn home she got £60 per week pension, now they want £400 per week to look after her in a home. What will you be paying when you get there or are you going to do what you are doing now and looking short term? As for your personal comments you obviously did not attend one of these establishments as insults in this country are the mark of some one with low or limited intelligence or maybe you are not from this country and just getting what you can out of it? Have a good year. totallyfootball

2:10pm Thu 3 Jan 13

totallyfootball says...

jammin wrote:
Whilst I agree eduction is money well spent, not many students at Essex uni are from the UK!
Exactley, subsidizing the world as per usual with our tax payers money.
[quote][p][bold]jammin[/bold] wrote: Whilst I agree eduction is money well spent, not many students at Essex uni are from the UK![/p][/quote]Exactley, subsidizing the world as per usual with our tax payers money. totallyfootball

5:42pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Scoot says...

Oh god, more groups of 18-19year olds crowding around the fixtures in Tescos Hythe debating what make of Baked Beans to go for....
Oh god, more groups of 18-19year olds crowding around the fixtures in Tescos Hythe debating what make of Baked Beans to go for.... Scoot

11:06pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Boris says...

totallyfootball wrote:
jammin wrote:
Whilst I agree eduction is money well spent, not many students at Essex uni are from the UK!
Exactley, subsidizing the world as per usual with our tax payers money.
They are subsidising us. Our students pay far too much, but foreign students pay a lot more. And still, they come - from China, Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan, wherever.
Essex University must be doing something right or these people would not be coming here.
Our University is certainly not perfect, but since we no longer export ships or lathes or fans or diesel engines, we should be happy that we export education.
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jammin[/bold] wrote: Whilst I agree eduction is money well spent, not many students at Essex uni are from the UK![/p][/quote]Exactley, subsidizing the world as per usual with our tax payers money.[/p][/quote]They are subsidising us. Our students pay far too much, but foreign students pay a lot more. And still, they come - from China, Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan, wherever. Essex University must be doing something right or these people would not be coming here. Our University is certainly not perfect, but since we no longer export ships or lathes or fans or diesel engines, we should be happy that we export education. Boris

8:20am Fri 4 Jan 13

Dillinga says...

totallyfootball wrote:
jammin wrote: Whilst I agree eduction is money well spent, not many students at Essex uni are from the UK!
Exactley, subsidizing the world as per usual with our tax payers money.
I wonder which educational establishment taught you to spell so well or to be so open minded?
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jammin[/bold] wrote: Whilst I agree eduction is money well spent, not many students at Essex uni are from the UK![/p][/quote]Exactley, subsidizing the world as per usual with our tax payers money.[/p][/quote]I wonder which educational establishment taught you to spell so well or to be so open minded? Dillinga

8:45am Fri 4 Jan 13

romantic says...

totallyfootball wrote:
jammin wrote:
Whilst I agree eduction is money well spent, not many students at Essex uni are from the UK!
Exactley, subsidizing the world as per usual with our tax payers money.
The students from overseas pay far more than those from the UK. They will bring money to the local economy in the short-term. Their money subsidises the education we give to our own youngsters.

Longer-term, the foreign students who do come here will often later continue their associations with Britain. Some of them will eventually become customers in companies which buy British.

This kind of development has done wonders in Cambridge, and will hopefully also provide some employment for people locally. We should welcome it as a positive development for our town.
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jammin[/bold] wrote: Whilst I agree eduction is money well spent, not many students at Essex uni are from the UK![/p][/quote]Exactley, subsidizing the world as per usual with our tax payers money.[/p][/quote]The students from overseas pay far more than those from the UK. They will bring money to the local economy in the short-term. Their money subsidises the education we give to our own youngsters. Longer-term, the foreign students who do come here will often later continue their associations with Britain. Some of them will eventually become customers in companies which buy British. This kind of development has done wonders in Cambridge, and will hopefully also provide some employment for people locally. We should welcome it as a positive development for our town. romantic

11:39am Fri 4 Jan 13

zt00013 says...

@totally football

I found it very amusing that in response to my assertion that you were a 'little englander' you suggested that I was probably foreign and a scrounger, you certainly are a boring little englander.
@totally football I found it very amusing that in response to my assertion that you were a 'little englander' you suggested that I was probably foreign and a scrounger, you certainly are a boring little englander. zt00013

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