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ADP nets appeal victory for Sussex University campus plans

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ADP has won a planning appeal for its £500million masterplan to extend the University of Sussex’s Basil Spence-designed campus

The scheme was originally refused planning last year due to concerns the plans were too large, did not do enough to preserve the local ecology and would have a negative impact on the amenities (AJ 26.06.14).

However the public enquiry was cut short after Brighton and Hove City Council, which had vetoed the plans, withdrew all its objections to the scheme.

The proposals form part of a strategy by Sussex University to increase student numbers from the current 13,000 to 18,000 by 2018.

Roger FitzGerald, chair of ADP, said: ‘There was never any substantive case against this application. The masterplan will dramatically improve the campus, and will extend the principles of Basil Spence’s original vision across the whole of the site. 

‘It will ensure that the university can achieve its ambitious plans for the future whilst working to a coherent and unified masterplan.’

The university’s registrar John Duffy, added: ‘The University has taken great care to ensure our masterplan is sympathetic to the architectural heritage and unique landscape of the campus, and over many years, we have gone to significant effort to preserve and enhance these features so that current and future generations can enjoy these surroundings.

‘The careful development of our Falmer campus will allow us to provide a better education and experience for our students, while delivering substantial investment and more jobs in Sussex and the wider region.’

In 2011 ADP completed the £7.95 million Fulton Building on the university’s campus at Falmer on the outskirts of Brighton.

The building houses two 150-seat lecture theatres and created a new campus square adjoining a Basil Spence-designed boiler house (see ADP extends Basil Spence’s Sussex University).

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