Campus Spine Road landscape improvements

Introduction / summary

The 2015 Estate Plan highlighted an important pedestrian route between the Moore Building and the International Building, through the heart of the campus towards Piggery Gate, and vice versa.

This route generally follows the internal road which currently takes drivers from the Founders Gatehouse to the main Car Park 4 in the east. The road surface is in a poor state of repair. The opportunity exists to undertake landscape improvements along this road with better connections into the paths leading to academic buildings and social venues such as the Boilerhouse Café and Student Union.

When the new Piggery Gate junction becomes operational – planned around Summer 2021 – the number of vehicles using this route will be significantly reduced, creating a strong pedestrian feel through the heart of the campus.

Location

Figure 1: Location Plan of the campus Spine between Moore Building and International Building

Relevance to the Estate Plan

The Estate Plan identified a new internal access and movement strategy across the campus. This included the removal of vehicles (parking) within the immediate setting of Founders, and the proposed remodelling of a new Piggery Gate junction to serve a multi-storey car park. The expansion of Car Park 14 (to that which one sees today) was complemented by new landscaping and paths towards Founders. The campus Spine Road supports the move towards a less car/vehicle dominant campus, improving accessibility and the appearance of routes to various academic buildings along its length, and supplementing the landscape works already delivered in the Founders Plaza.

Apperance

The project is at an early stage, with concept options presented in a Feasibility Study which will be tested and refined by a design team to be appointed by the university. Key areas of interest are those around the setting of the Students Union, the open area in front of Tolansky and the creation of new seating areas around Moore and McCrea. Adding visual interest through evergreen planting, sculptures and winter species is proposed as part of a hard and soft landscaping strategy.

Figure 2: Extract from the initial Feasibility Study / Project Brief


Planning Application / Reserved Matters Submission

At the current time, the detailed scope of the proposed works has not been confirmed. The majority, if not all of the proposed landscaping may not fall within the definition of development and therefore may not require planning permission. Planting and street furniture, and works to repair the road surface are considered minor interventions. The scope of the works will be monitored, with Runnymede Borough Council being made aware of the proposed works in advance of implementation.

Timetable

The Campus Spine Road landscape improvements are intended to be delivered over the course of next year, coordinated to minimise disruption to campus activity.

Link with other Estate Plan Projects

As described above, the campus Spine Road improvements between the Moore and International Buildings are considered to be a natural extension of the landscape works in and around, and leading to Founders undertaken in recent years. The works seek to improve accessibility, legibility and add visual interest along an important pedestrian route.

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The university has agreed to extend the period by which online responses can be submitted. The survey will remain open until midnight on the 13th October. If you have supplied comments, you do not need to complete the form again. The link provided will take you to a copy of the September consultation questions. This link is provided as we understand certain individuals experienced difficulties in submitting comments during September.

If you wish to make additional comments on any development project being promoted by the university, please email these to consultation@stridetreglown.com

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