Sustainable plans for university campus go ahead

Terence O’Rourke has won outline planning consent to expand a university campus in Guildford relying heavily on “sustainable” design.

The borough council agreed for the University of Surrey’s proposals, which include landscape around accommodation for 4,000 students, 150,000m2 of academic buildings and playing fields. There will also be improved public transport, cycleways, waste recycling and a combined heat and power system. Associate director Steve Molnar said: “We worked with the university and Council and tested the scheme through debates.” Terence O’Rourke undertook the master plan and environmental impact assessment for the development, as well as advising on all planning matters. The site includes 60 hectares of green-belt land, a scheduled monument and views to and from a nearby area of outstanding natural beauty.

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