Terence O’Rourke’s victory for huge campus

Planning permission granted for 8 year's work on university campus

Terence O’Rourke has won outline planning permission after eight years of work on University of Surrey’s proposals to expand its campus at Manor Park. It won over Guildford Borough Council with proposals for sculptural landscapes and sports fields around new halls for 4,000 students, 300 staff residences and a 150,000m2 of academic and support buildings. Terence O’Rourke, which acted as planning and environmental consultant, and had to protect a scheduled monument and views to and from a nearby area of outstanding natural beauty. Sustainability was crucial, to the design, said associate director Steve Molnar. The client wanted to minimise travel needs in keeping with the single-campus philosophy. The project includes improved public transport, cycle and pedestrian links, water conservation, and a green waste-recycling programme with a combined heat and power system are all proposed.

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