A new £1.5 million student accommodation block has opened in Carlisle city centre to support the growth of the University of Cumbria and attract young people to the region.
Vice Chancellor Peter Strike said that the university – a partner of Choose Cumbria – will have to expand to help the county find the skilled people to work on the Moorside nuclear project and other major schemes. He made the comments as he officially opened the Unest accommodation block in Victoria Place, which can house 50 students.
He added: “Cumbria is in line for between £25bn and £45bn of inward investment. In an area with a population of 500,000 people, that is extraordinary.
“Some 80,000 skilled jobs will be required. It's hugely important that we hold onto the talent we have and that we attract people to come, and this development will help us to do that.”
Ian Lancaster, who has converted the former Central Clinic on Victoria Place into accommodation, echoed Professor Strike’s comments.
He said: “It's absolutely vital that we have a thriving university in this area. It's so important that we keep talented young people in the county.”
The accommodation features seven communal kitchens, a games room, lounge and laundry room, and a 20Mbps broadband connection.
Unest expects to achieve full occupancy in the coming 12 months.
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