Over the next 10 years, the University will be investing significantly in its campus to ensure existing and future staff and students will continue to enjoy a first-class education, research and working environment.
Professor Judith Petts CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Plymouth, said: “This is a landmark decision for a project that will have a number of significant benefits for the University and wider community. Over the past decade and more, we have invested in our estate and created outstanding research and teaching facilities in the arts and health, ocean science and sustainability. This project will enable us to build on our existing expertise in engineering and design, and provide staff and students with a facility that matches their aspirations and enables them to push the boundaries in addressing real-world challenges.”
The current plans have been developed by the project architects and University staff over the space of around a year, with a virtual public consultation in July 2020 also influencing its internal and external facilities and appearance. The planning decision means the University can continue commercial negotiations with BAM Construct UK, with the aim of exchanging contracts in early 2021 and beginning work.
Colin Cobb, Associate at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, said: “Our proposals for the engineering and design facility will provide state-of-the-art new facilities through the sustainable re-use of existing infrastructure. Our plans take the building back to the original concrete frame – a characterful waffle-slab construction – that will be revealed by stripping out suspended ceilings and overhead services to create open and well-lit spaces to promote creativity, cross-disciplinary collaboration and wellbeing. The design has incorporated a range of complex and ambitious technical facilities, which will provide engineering and design students with the experience and skills they need to design our future. We are excited to have received planning permission for the project and look forward to starting construction in 2021.”