Planning permission secured for University of Reading

University of Reading Health and Life Sciences Building

Turley has helped the University of Reading secure planning permission for a new Health and Life Sciences Building at its Whiteknights campus.

The project, which is valued at over £50m, will commence this year and is programmed to complete in summer 2019. It will allow the School of Biological Sciences to relocate from disparate buildings across the campus into a bespoke facility within the ‘science’ zone. Delivering state-of-the-art laboratories, collaboration spaces and seminar rooms, the building will also provide a publicly-accessible home for the University’s Cole Museum of Zoology.

The site is bisected by the Reading/Wokingham Borough boundary and Turley managed cross-boundary planning applications to both authorities. This included working collaboratively with the two authorities, each with differing policy requirements, to ensure consistency in pre-application advice and decision-making. 

The Health and Life Sciences project forms part of a wider capital investment programme, 2026:Transform, which will see over £200m invested to deliver significant improvements to facilities at the campus. As part of this programme, Turley has already assisted the University in securing planning permission for a refurbishment of the Library Building and a new temporary teaching building (the Chancellor’s Building).

Turley Director Mervyn McFarland who led the planning team, said:  

“We are delighted to be part of the University’s consultant team and to have assisted in delivering a project which will provide world-class teaching and research facilities and consolidate Reading’s status as a leading, research-led university.”

Commenting on the planning permission, Tom Stocker, Planner at Turley, said:

“We are proud to have worked with the University’s Estates and Facilities Team and its external consultants to deliver planning permission which will allow the project to proceed. This development will be of great benefit to students and will create a landmark new building for the campus.” 

Turley worked closely with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Stride Treglown and Aecom throughout the pre-application and planning application process.

12 April 2017