Move the college (HoW College)

I would suggest as a long term project to replace the college with a green space, as they’re such an ugly set of buildings, in such unfortunate spaces, taking up some of the most useful space in Worcester. This area would expand the green space along the river and possibly allow for more local businesses on the riverfront, such as small cafes and restaurants. This additional space could also increase the size of festivals and events in Worcester, increasing tourism for the city.

I of course would recommend that the college still exists, and is moved into a location less central.

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5 comments on “Move the college (HoW College)

  1. Agree, but only if a suitable alternative location can be found that is at least as accessible by other means than a car. With limited resources and without a suitable higher value use for the existing site and funds to develop a new one I don’t however think this is a major prioirty.

  2. I agree, the college is an eyesore and restricts the vista over one of the City’s best assets, namely the river. The college would be far better located on the site of the current bus garage/depot along Pheasant Street.
    Use the current College space and Copenhagen Street car park, to create a semi-circular feature, green public space in the middle, with shops and cafes/restaurants radiating off; opening up another riverside vista.

    1. Roger I agree that if the College is to move this would be an ideal location. Even if not used to relocate the college there are far better uses for this site than a bus depot. Are you aware of whether re-development of the site would have significant remediation costs as this often constrains re-development options.

  3. I agree, the college is an eyesore and restricts the vista over one of the City’s best assets, namely the river. The college would be far better located on the site of the current bus garage/depot along Pheasant Street.
    Use the current College space to create a semi-circular feature, green public space in the middle, with shops and cafes/restaurants radiating off; opening up another riverside vista.

  4. HoWC is in the ideal central location for access by young people who have to/are to be encouraged to arrive by foot, bicycle and public transport
    HoWC has investigated options for relocation, but the sums of money involved are prohibitive. As a result it has invested very substantial amounts of public finance in refurbishing the buildings to meet the current and future needs of students and society
    There is no reason – bar finance – that the river-side City Council controlled spaces – Copenhagen Street car park, St Andrew’s Gardens, etc – cannot be modified/repurposed for more green space, cafes, etc

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