Chelmsford: Former Central Campus, Victoria Rd South

Application proposals


Phase 1


The first phase of the ARU Central Campus redevelopment is now nearly complete following the grant of planning permission in November 2012.


The listed Ann Knight former Quaker Meeting House is being refurbished for future use along with the Frederick Chancellor building on Victoria Road South. The Art Deco façade of the former University Law building has been retained to provide a characterful frontage to a new office and residential block.


Over 200 new homes will be provided within the first phase along with commercial and retail uses. The layout of the buildings integrates with connections across the site to key points in the surrounding areas along a north south and east west axis. The modern design is reflected in the use of materials. Brick is proposed as the main elevation material along with glazed tiles, metal panels and glazing.  A number of new public spaces are provided within the development including a new public square surrounding the Ann Knight building.


A legal agreement will secure affordable housing, transport improvements, open space and public space improvements and public art.


It is expected that phase 1 will be complete by Spring 2015.


You can view the main planning application and report to the Planning Committee using the links to the right of this page.


Phase 2


The developer, Genesis Housing Association, has now submitted revised proposals for Phase 2 of the scheme under planning application number 14/01470/FUL. This will be a residentially led development that will complete the regeneration of this key site.  


The proposed development is known as City Park West. Please see the link to the developer’s website -