Student housing and amenities in the heart of a parkland setting
The West Slope residential development for University of Sussex is part of the continuing evolution of the campus to improve the University's facilities, ensure the best possible student experience and continue the architectural legacy of Sir Basil Spence.
With a student pavilion and library at its heart, it provides three typologies of student rooms together with supporting student amenities: student hubs, launderettes, a supermarket, health and wellbeing centre and a cafe.
The proposals were granted planning approval by a unanimous committee in May 2020.
learning and living in the landscape
Set in the South Downs National Park, the landscape of the campus was described by Spence as growing "of the soil of Sussex to become a natural part of this beautiful site."
The scheme retains the character of the existing parkland setting and the student clusters and townhouses propose an integrated architectural and landscape design. It is respectful of the existing mature trees and creates garden terraces around these trees for the smaller neighbourhood clusters of residences to use, occupy, and claim as part of their identity.