WORK is expected to start later this year on a £25million university campus in Dudley.

Updated plans for the higher education building on Castle Hill have been submitted to Dudley Council planners.

Unforeseen legal discussions over land ownership have caused delays to the project, but council bosses have said the scheme is on track to start later this year, subject to the latest planning approval.

Councillor Patrick Harley, Dudley Council's leader, said: "This development is a keystone in our regeneration plans and will help create jobs and improve education in the borough.

"With any development of this size and complexity there will always be delays.

"The minor changes to the original plans are about making the best use of the space and ensuring it comes in on budget – something that is essential in the current climate. But rest assured, no corners have been cut in creating the number one destination for people looking for careers in health."

A planning application was approved in 2021 for the further education building on the site of the former Hippodrome and bingo hall.

Alterations to the scheme includes changes to the entrance, removal of some roof lights to allow better natural light, and some window and elevation adjustments.

The ‘university’ style campus and will provide higher education courses for the health sector.

Subject to minor amendments being approved by planners, work will start on site at the end of the year and the facility is expected to be open by winter 2025.

The teaching and learning that will take place will be delivered by the University of Worcester.
Dudley was one of 100 areas across the country invited to bid for a slice of the £178.7 million Towns Fund.

The project is being spearheaded by the Towns Fund Board – comprising the council, Dudley College of Technology, University of Worcester, tourist attractions and other key organisations.