Shoreditch Coopers Hill Campus SOLD

May 2008

We have a
section called  "After the Goodbye Tour"  where people can share their memories and photos from the two farewell tours. Links to quite a few photos on those pages.  

E-mail from a local resident in June 2007, alerting us to the news:

Dear Sir,

I am not a former student at Coopers Hill Training College, Shoreditch College or Brunel University but a life long local resident of Egham.

Naturally I am interested in local developments but, in particular, those in Coopers Hill Lane due to the existence of the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial.

In May, 2007 the college site was sold by Brunel for 46.6m to Oracle Homes who have yet to decide on future plans. Currently the Campus is rented by Royal Holloway College as student accommodation and other industrial tenants who, I understand, have been given notice to quit by October, 2007.

There is already an approved planning application for extension to the Campus and was passed approximately 3 years ago but only includes land occupied by existing buildings. The remainder is Green Belt land so if Oracle plan to erect homes on the site as expected they will need to apply to have this status changed as well as the use. In fact, with demolition of all existing buildings, it has been estimated that approximately 800 homes could be erected on the site.

Developments are currently being monitored closely by the Englefield Green Village Residents Association and the local authority representatives. Obviously they have strong support from the membership but I think it would be helpful if this were assisted by former students and others with past interests in the site.

Should you be interested, those responsible can be contacted by email on  and

Yours faithfully,   MR. M.S. WELLS

Some more information on the sale of the College buildings

A link to a web site containing the first in a series of articles about Brunel's Runnymede Campus, with lots of photos and history of the campus.  Scroll down the article to see links to many photos.  This is an interesting web site, very well worth a visit.

A link to an article in The Founder (Royal Holloway College student newspaper) about the sale.

Oracle Homes' website where the plans and news will be shown.
note:  this link was not working last time we checked (August 2010)


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