Terence O’Rourke has received outline approval for its masterplan for the expansion of the Tremough Campus in Penryn, Cornwall.
University College Falmouth and the University of Exeter currently share the campus, but following the £160m expansion, it will also house a new performance centre for Dartington College of Arts, which is already under construction to allow the college to move in by September 2010.
Other new facilities include the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute and the Academy for Innovation and Research: part of University College Falmouth’s strategy to transform the way it supports the expansion of businesses and higher education in Cornwall.
There will also be capacity on site for more than 60 businesses – from small start-ups to larger established companies – in the Tremough Innovation Centre, which has been promoted by the South West Regional Development Agency and is due for completion in autumn 2010.
Student numbers are expected to rise from 2,200 to 5,000 by 2016.
To cater for this, the masterplan offers new student accommodation, a bus interchange, welcome centre, sport and leisure facilities and learning support services.
Terence O’Rourke technical director Laraine Southwood said: “We have worked closely with Kerrier and Carrick district councils, Cornwall County Council, and the local community to secure outline planning consent within 12 months.
“The masterplan will enable a sustainable, place-changing proposal that will bring county-wide benefits in the academic sector and support the regional priority to enhance the knowledge based economy.”