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University of Sussex - West Slope Residences

Brighton, UK

Working closely with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Arup, Grant Associates have delivered the landscape and urban realm design for the West Slope Residences from concept stages through to the detailed planning application proposals. The project was unanimously granted planning approval in 2020.

The University campus sits within a valley of the South Downs National Park (SDNP) and is bound on all sides by a variety of nature conservations and areas of Ancient Woodland. The landscape proposals for West Slope are an essential ingredient of the vision for the redevelopment of the West slope Masterplan for the University of Sussex campus, to create a sense of place and a memorable setting for students to live and study, which connects people and nature and promotes a healthy university community.

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The project aspires to BREEAM Excellent and incorporates a range of intensive and extensive green roofs, grey water recyling, heat recovery, natural ventilation, photovoltaics as well as on-site composting. Retention of large numbers of existing mature trees contributes to the creation of a comfortable micro-climate, passive cooling, natural shade and shelter, enhances air quality and contributes to positive physical and mental health and wellbeing.

The design approach has been informed and developed by detailed site surveys and appraisal as well as extensive consultation with the University community and key stakeholders including Brighton and Hove City Council, the South Downs National Park, local neighbourhood groups.

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Project Info
University of Sussex and Balfour Beatty Investments
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Engineers, Ecology and BREEAM:
Quantity Surveyors:
Rider Levett Bucknall
Planning Consultant:
Parker Dann
Inclusive Design Consultant:
Arboricultural Consultant:
The Environment Partnership