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University of Reading Whiteknights Campus

Client University of Reading
Turley office Reading
Status Ongoing
LPA Reading Borough Council and Wokingham District Council

Delivering an Enhanced Campus for the University

Our role

  • University of Reading has a proven track record of creating excellent teaching and research facilities and has ambitious plans for capital investment.
  • The university’s 2026: Transform project will see a further £200m invested in providing first class facilities for its students.
  • Working with the university’s estates team, we have provided planning and heritage advice and secured planning permissions for a number of major projects which will deliver transformational change within the Whiteknights campus.
  • The campus straddles two local authority areas and we have built strong relationships with both planning authorities, resulting in more effective dialogue and timely and consistent decisions.

Results

  • We secured planning permission for the £40m refurbishment of the university library, a building which is integral to students’ learning experience.
  • We also secured permission for a new Health and Life Sciences Building which will consolidate facilities which are currently scattered across the campus into a purpose-built facility within the Life Sciences Zone. As a result, obsolete and inefficient buildings will be removed from the campus improving the overall quality of the university estate.
  • An updated capital projects masterplan has been prepared to help the university communicate its ambition to the local planning authorities.
  • We continue to provide planning and heritage support in connection with the proposed redevelopment of the iconic URS Building.

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