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Hassell bags Brighton university masterplanning job

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Hassell has won a contest to re-masterplan the University of Brighton in Sussex

The global multidisciplinary practice defeated Hawkins/Brown and dRMM with Urbed in the race for the high-profile upgrade.

Hassell – which is subcontracted to consultant GVA – will create a new masterplan for the prestigious university’s five campuses which collectively host more than 21,000 students.

The project aims to upgrade the university’s Brighton, Falmer, Moulsecoomb, Eastbourne and Hasting sites while creating a ‘more vibrant and connected’ overall estate.

Julian Gitsham – who left FCBS to join Hassell in April – said: ‘Like many universities around the world, the University of Brighton is responding to the learning and research needs of an ever-changing and more technologically-focused world, where students, staff and stakeholders expect high standards of service and environment.’

He continued: ‘The university understands that through creative urban design, a considered campus can provide a powerful lever for change and future success. The university has already started on this journey and we are developing an innovative approach in the way the campuses support the student experience through meaningful connection with the cities and towns the university sits within.’

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