The University’s plans for transforming the former paper mill at Guardbridge into a new University campus have been lodged with Fife Council.

 

The £20 million plan for the Eden Campus will involve the sensitive restoration and refurbishment of buildings to create state-of-the-art office space, library storage, a canteen and associated parking and landscaping.  The development will also create a cafe which will be open to the public as well as to University staff.

 

The plans provide for a total office space capacity for 500 which will see 400 University staff relocate from St Andrews to the Eden Campus.  This relocation will ease pressure on office and parking space in St Andrews and release space in the town centre and North Haugh for teaching and research purposes.

 

It is anticipated that around 100 jobs will be created during the two-year construction and fitting-out phase.

 

The university has already invested £25 million in an award-winning green energy centre at the Eden Campus which pumps hot water four miles to St Andrews to heat university buildings.

 

University of St Andrews Quaestor and Factor Derek Watson said: “This is a major strategic move for the University which will provide an exceptional working environment for our staff, breathe new life in the local economy of Guardbridge and have a beneficial impact on the town of St Andrews.”

 

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