Council approves vision for campus development

Bath & North-East Somerset (BANES) Council has fully endorsed the University Masterplan, which sets out our vision for our campus until 2026.

The Masterplan responds to our increasing popularity and research success by providing new academic, social and residential space while improving the overall environment of our campus.

The plan has been developed over the last three years and is the culmination of extensive research and design by Estates working with the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering. We consulted our neighbours and key stakeholders in detail before presenting it to the Planning Committee in October last year.

As part of approvals process the University has entered into a ‘Section 106’ agreement with BANES. The University will contribute £400,000 towards the cost of public transport from the city to campus over the next 10 years.  In addition, we will help fund improvements to local public footpaths and pedestrian crossings. This includes work on the path in Rainbow Woods, which has already seen some repairs; the hope is that it will be upgraded to a bridleway and cycle route.

Progress on the General Teaching Accommodation (GTA) building is on schedule. The steelwork structure is now in place for the first three sections out of four. The floors are in position on every level of the first section and half the second section. 

The steelwork is currently being raised for the third section, which will take the building to its full width. The steel structure and floor planks should all be in place for the beginning of March 2013 with the aim of completing the project in September 2013.

Martyn Whalley, Director of Estates, said: “This is fantastic news and a great way to start the New Year. The Masterplan is the result of a great deal of work by a number staff across the organisation closely collaborating with the Planning Department at BANES. Thanks to all involved. 

“Construction of the new GTA building can move on apace and we hope to have permission for R6, the new student accommodation and refectory building, and the Centre for the Arts in due course. It is very exciting to see such important plans given the green light and we can all look forward to developments on our campus that will offer us and our students new spaces to work and relax.”

View the Masterplan here

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