The University of Roehampton has commenced an ambitious plan to enhance its campus. Its £80million masterplan will modernise facilities across the University, create new student accommodation and further improve their landscape for the benefit of students, staff and the local community.
The aim of the design is to provide high quality accommodation that will attract students and visitors and enhance their experience of the University, giving them a sense that they are a part of the University community
Work has started on a 12,500m2 four and five storey new purpose built student accommodation and conference suite. These MJP designed buildings will provide facilities for nearly 400 students at the heart of the University’s Digby Stuart College.
The development is planned around courtyard quadrangles of a collegiate scale and character and uses traditional materials including brick and high-quality precast concrete within a modern architectural language.
The residences and conference suite are part of the University’s 2025 Masterplan, which has also been developed by MJP Architects.
Our students’ surroundings are key to their university experience so we’re planning the biggest regeneration of the heart of our campus for decades
Dr Ghazwa Alwani-Starr, Director of Estates and Campus Services at the University of Roehampton, said: “Our students’ surroundings are key to their university experience so we’re planning the biggest regeneration of the heart of our campus for decades”.
“We will have attractive, modern, on campus accommodation and a brand new library befitting our status as a growing university with internationally-recognised research”.
This is a significant investment which will allow Roehampton to continue to improve and provide a great living, teaching and studying facilities as our reputation continues to grow
“This is a significant investment which will allow Roehampton to continue to improve and provide a great living, teaching and studying facilities as our reputation continues to grow. That’s good news for our students and staff, and for the surrounding neighbourhood where the University plays such a significant role”.
In conjunction with the new library building designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and an extensive landscape scheme by Gross.Max, the MJP designed buildings will provide a new ‘centre of gravity’ for the campus and greatly enhance the image of the University from Roehampton Lane.
Proposals for the student accommodation and conference suite, the library and for the landscaping were granted permission by Wandsworth Council and the Mayor of London last year. The first buildings will be completed in July 2016.