University Centre and Rural Business Hub

The University Centre and Rural Business Hub at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, will step up skills and business capability in rural Dorset.

Project Status - Completed

  • Start Date: October 2020
  • End Date: March 2022
  • Getting Building Fund allocation: £3.5 million
  • Awarded to: Kingston Maurward College

Project Summary:

Dorset LEP allocated £3.5 million of the Getting Building Fund to Kingston Maurward College, who match funded £1.7 million, for a flagship university centre and rural business hub.

The hub enhances higher education opportunities for young people in rural Dorset and enables growth for small rural businesses.

This is a new anchor point for university education in rural Dorset within the rural business and agri-environment fields. The development allows the delivery of both rural business support and growth potential alongside potential business incubation units focusing on agri-environment delivery.

Predicted Outcomes by March 2025:

  • 9 direct jobs created
  • 11 construction jobs
  • 225m2 of commercial floorspace
  • 650m2 of new learning floorspace
  • 75 businesses supported

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University Centre and Rural Business Hub

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