The University of Sussex has been given the go-ahead for a major new student housing and facilities development.
The development, on the West Slope of the university’s Falmer campus, would add around 1,000 student bedrooms, doubling the existing number, as well as community facilities and mixed-use spaces including a new health and wellbeing centre, supermarket, café, additional study space in a new library, and green space.
Tim Westlake, chief operating officer at the University of Sussex, welcomed Brighton & Hove City Council’s decision.
He said: “This is an important project for the University and our main contractor Balfour Beatty, so we’re very pleased with this decision.
“We want to ensure we continue to develop our housing stock to provide high-quality, modern homes for our students.
“In considering the redevelopment options, we invited students to tell us what sort of facilities they would like to have in their accommodation and these results were fed into the design and planning process.”
The new buildings have been designed to “respect and enhance” the vision of the campus’ founding architect, Sir Basil Spence, whose 1962-built Falmer House for the site is Grade I-listed.
Spence was also responsible for rebuilding Coventry Cathedral after it was bombed in World War Two.
The University of Sussex says it expects “minimal work” to take place until further decisions on proceeding with the enabling works are taken “later this year”, with the development then being delivered over a four-year period.