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York St John University Reveal Plans for New Creative Centre

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York St John University is planning to invest £15 million into a major new development and will possibly launch a site in London.

The university has existed in York since 1841 and is the city's oldest higher education institution. It is now in the early stages of planning for a major new building, with construction work due to commence in 2019.

Design work is already under way for the "Creative Centre", which will be a 4,500 sq ft centre across three storeys, consisting of three buildings linked by an atrium.

The new development will also feature an exhibition space and is due to open in 2020.

A spokesman for the university confirmed the plans are being drawn up, but indicated little could be revealed at this early stage.

Commenting on the new facility, city councillor Keith Orrell, said: "Investment in the city is always welcome and whilst it is not clear what a Creative Centre would deliver we would want to work with the university to enhance the work that is already happening in the city."

"Clearly these proposals are at an early stage of their development. I would be delighted to meet with representatives of the university to learn more about them and work out how their plans fit with local economic strategies."

At this stage it's not clear where the Creative Centre will be built, but York St John says it has already undergone a £100 million transformation over the last decade.