Multi-million-pound project
expands Epsom campus

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is investing in and expanding its Epsom campus after gaining planning permission to turn two former office buildings into exciting new spaces for students and staff.

27 Jul 2023

Artist's impression. Image courtesy of Maris Interiors

The multi-million-pound project will see The Wells Building on Church Street and Parkside House on Ashley Road converted into teaching studios, workshops, staff offices, and break-out areas, creating inspiring and collaborative spaces to help UCA deliver the very best student experience.

The building on Church Street marks a return to UCA’s roots, as it is adjacent to no. 1 Church Street which was previously home to Epsom Technical College and School of Art, its predecessor institution.

The Wells, 3-13 Church Street, Epsom

The Wells, 3-13 Church St

By utilising existing office buildings close to the Epsom campus, UCA will be able to deliver new space rapidly, in an environmentally friendly way and with minimal disruption to the community and the student and staff experience.

Building proposals The Wells Building

Artist's impression. Image courtesy of Maris Interiors

The projects will also enhance collaboration with Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, the local community, and residents as the new buildings will provide opportunities and spaces for creativity and innovation and blaze a trail for greater engagement in the town’s activities.

Chief Operating Officer, Mark Ellul, said: “This is a massive step forward in growing our Epsom campus and building on our global reputation as a centre for Fashion & Textiles and Business School for the Creative Industries.

“We must have facilities and functions in place for us to deliver the very best creative education and adding two new buildings to our estate will create a creative learning environment that is fit for the 21st Century."

Works will commence later this year and the plan is to occupy the buildings in 2024/25.

Aerial view, Parkside House, Ashley Road, Epsom

Parkside House, Ashley Road – aerial view