[First look] Grimshaw has bagged planning consent for the first phase of a new campus development at the University of Southampton
The completion of Phase 1 in 2014 will define a new way of delivering engineering education and research, transforming the Boldrewood Campus into a ‘Maritime Centre of Excellence’ ultimately enhancing Southampton’s status as an international maritime city., which features a new Technology Centre for the Lloyd’s Register Group, will sit on the university’s 4.3 hectare ‘suburban’ Boldrewood site and is Grimshaw’s largest European university project to date.
Due to complete in 2014, The scheme will also include an engineering building for the university, a shared Maritime Institute and soft landscaping which will screen new car and cycle parking.
A second phase will include five further education buildings served by a new ring main connected to a centralised heat and power unit.
The architect’s view
Each of the buildings have been designed to create simple orthogonal blocks with strong clean lines as a foil to the adjacent trees and rolling lawns. They have been developed with efficient layouts grouped to promote healthy interaction between conference, training, library and collaborative spaces.
Our design replaces the substantial science block in the centre of the site with a formal collegiate lawn. Working closely with Land Use Consultants, mature landscape features have been preserved whilst accommodating existing topographic levels. The retention of existing vegetation and appropriate new planting will enhance biodiversity on the site with new parking zones constructed using permeable paving. This hard and soft landscaping will include a sustainable urban drainage system within a high quality pedestrian environment.