Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of ARU Peterborough construction work


Pictured from left: Professor Roderick Watkins, Vice Chancellor of ARU, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer and the Leader of Peterborough City Council Cllr John Holdich. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography


The project is being driven by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, in collaboration with Peterborough City Council and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).

The ambition for ARU Peterborough is to launch a job creating, employment-focused university that will deliver courses targeted specifically towards industries across Peterborough where demand currently outstrips availability of skilled workers. 

The project is backed by over £24.8 million of funding, including £12.3m of capital investment from the Combined Authority, £12.5m of Local Growth Funding and £1.6m in land investment from Peterborough County Council.

The employment-focused university is on track to open in 2022 and will boost the skills, training and employment prospects of people in Peterborough and the surrounding region and increase the number of skilled workers available to local businesses.

ARU Peterborough is set to open in September 2022 with 2,000 students, with numbers projected to rise to 5,000 by 2025 and 12,500 by 2030.

In the first five years after opening, ARU Peterborough is forecast to create an initial 170 university jobs and 300 supply chain jobs, in addition to 50 temporary construction jobs while ARU Peterborough is being built.

Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer said: “Breaking the ground on the site is a huge milestone in the first phase of development for our ambitious employment-focused university that will be transformational for the city and wider region.

“Today is a reminder of just how far we have come on a journey that will drastically improve the prospects of people in Peterborough and across the region while boosting the number of skilled workers available to businesses."

Leader of Peterborough City Council Cllr John Holdich said:"As a council, investment in making our city a great place to live, work and relax is of the utmost importance.

"The Fletton Quays development is progressing apace and we've been working hard to transform our city centre, with further key areas for regeneration including the Station Quarter, North Westgate and Northminster. The university will complement these transformative developments, helping to change the perception of our city and making a huge impact on Peterborough’s economy and in our civic and cultural life for many years to come.

Aerial view, Peterborough University. Photo: CPCA