Plans approved for University of Sussex’s new student housing and facilities

WCN Editorial Team 22 May 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Brighton & Hove City Council had given its approval to the plans for the construction of new student housing and facilities on the University of Sussex campus.

The decision, made by the planning committee members, gives green signal for a development that will double the amount of student housing on the West Slope of the university’s Falmer campus.

The development will include a new health and wellbeing centre, a supermarket, café, additional study space in a new library, and an open area of flexible green space, along with new community facilities and mixed-use spaces for all students.

For the construction of the new East Slope residences, the university will partner with Balfour Beatty, which will raise finance to build and operate the project.

When completed, the project will offer 20% of Sussex students residing within commuting distance to the university’s Falmer campus and will not need university-operated housing.

The area for the redevelopment includes Park Village and some of the Park Houses including Kulukundis House, Lancaster House, Kent House and York House.

The University of Sussex chief operating officer Tim Westlake said: “This is an important project for the University and our main contractor Balfour Beatty, so we’re very pleased with this decision.

“We want to ensure we continue to develop our housing stock to provide high-quality, modern homes for our students. Redeveloping the West Slope residences will provide up to 1,900 bedrooms – an increase of about 1,000 extra rooms.

“Following on from the East Slope residential development, which is due for completion by 2021, this further investment in our campus accommodation means that we will add to the range of student housing on campus.”

The new buildings were designed to respect and enhance the vision of the campus’ founding architect, Sir Basil Spence.

Environmental sustainability and maintaining the features of the landscape setting within the South Downs has been the focus of the University’s plans.

Until further decisions are taken later this year, minimal work will be done on the project. Once the works begin, it is estimated to be completed over a four-year period in several phases.

Westlake continued saying: “In considering the redevelopment options, we invited students to tell us what sort of facilities they would like to have in their accommodation and these results were fed into the design and planning process.”

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An artist's impression of West Slope development at the University of Sussex. (Credit: University of Sussex.)

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