The Enterprise Centre
Introduction / summary
A reserved matters approval for the layout, scale, appearance and landscaping for the construction of an Enterprise Centre for Royal Holloway, University of London was submitted to Runnymede Borough Council on 25 March 2019. The development will provide the university with the opportunity to create a regional centre of excellence in the fields of cyber security and big data and will make the EM3 region (focused along the M3 corridor) the natural go-to place for companies who want assistance in developing, testing or validating security products and services. Runnymede Borough Council granted planning permission, subject to conditions, on 31 July 2019. Planned construction work on the Enterprise Centre has currently been suspended due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
Relevance to the Estate Plan
The Estate Plan was updated in November 2017 to reflect all recently-completed developments including the student accommodation north of the A30 (George Eliot Hall), the Boilerhouse, Beatrice Shilling Building and Emily Wilding Davison Building. This was sent to the council in an informative manner.
The plan maintained the proposed site for the Enterprise Centre as Plot B06 (see figure above). The schedule of development identifies this site as having the potential for a three/four-storey building providing 5,500sqm of academic or operational floor space. The outline planning application provided detailed approval for the re-positioned Piggery Gate entrance which is located immediately to the east of Plot B06.
Reserved Matters Submission
Runnymede Borough Council granted planning permission, subject to conditions, on the 31st July 2019. The university and its design team (Stride Treglown) were addressing pre-commencement conditions but due to the outbreak of Covid-19 all planned construction work at the university has been suspended.
Link with other Estate projects and plans
The Enterprise Centre is located close to the existing Piggery Gate junction into the campus: this is currently closed to vehicles and provides a pedestrian entrance onto Egham Hill. The 2015 outline planning permission across the campus secured the detailed approval of the remodelling of the junction to create a four-arm movement junction. This will also allow access and egress to that part of the campus north of the A30, close to Sutherland House and Sutherland Lodge. Details relating to the Piggery Gate project can be found here.
The Enterprise Centre is to be positioned on the site of the Orchard Building and the Open Space Performance Building (formerly known as the Handa Noh Theatre). These buildings will be demolished to make way for the new building. The activities undertaken within the Orchard Building will be temporarily relocated elsewhere within the campus. The Open Space Performance Building is proposed to be relocated to a site north of the A30 close to Sutherland Lodge, where the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance is located. Details relating to the relocation of the Open Space Performance Building can be found here.
The Enterprise Centre proposal sits opposite a new academic building identified for the Eastern Gateway Building. This project is at an early stage: a client brief is being developed to enable designs to progress and be tested. This project is being delivered in accordance with the general principles as set out within the Estate Plan. Designs remain to be progressed and a public exhibition will follow later in the year. Project details will be updated here.