The proposed building development includes a distinctive and contemporary landscape design concept. The new building sits comfortably within the existing context and is complemented by a large green wall, new tree planting and feature planting strips, which all contribute to the landscape character and ecological value of the development.
A visual and physical link between the new building and the established Maurice Shock building has been created using new tree planting to reinforce key routes and new paved surfaces to allow ease of pedestrian movement. The entrance area includes a series of linked pedestrian spaces that provide opportunities for informal seating and relaxation for staff, students and visitors. Wider scale proposals include the transformation of an existing traffic junction into a raised area to encourage safer, more flexible pedestrian movement routes and ease of circulation across the campus.
Sustainability and ecological biodiversity are an integral part of the proposals and have been considered in the specification of hard and soft landscape materials, the approach to circulation and orientation, and the provision of facilities for cyclists with easy access to the main entrance. Primary paving materials will be sourced from the UK and contain a high percentage of recycled aggregate to reduce their environmental footprint. New planting will enhance the existing site conditions by retaining and adding to the established trees along the site boundary, introducing new trees, shrub and grass areas to provide year round visual interest and increased species diversity.
To reduce the impact of vehicles on site, all parking and delivery access has been accommodated to the west of the building, away from the main pedestrian routes and avoiding existing trees. An emergency route around the building perimeter is integrated into the landscape by using a grass ring solution that allows vegetation to establish whist still providing a trafficable route.