HomeWork begins on the University of Salford Gateway Project
Work begins on the University of Salford Gateway Project
Now under way, the University of Salford Gateway Project at the Peel Park Campus includes £2 million of public realm work, in addition to the £55m Gateway Project building.
Designed by URS Infrastructure & Environment UK’s landscape architecture team in Manchester, the landscape element of the project is scheduled for completion in early 2016.
URS has been involved with the project since August 2010, working as part of the multi-disciplinary team commissioned to develop phase one of the university masterplan.
The Gateway Project is part of the University of Salford’s wider plan to create a world-class campus, including refurbishing and extending existing buildings, upgrading library services and developing a new campus facility at MediaCityUK. The URS landscape team’s vision for the campus involved creating ‘an imaginative and exciting learning environment that integrated a disparate campus into a unified whole’.
The pedestrian spine which will connect the new student village to the main campus and Salford Crescent Railway Station ‘will be animated by an informal amphitheatre as it enters the main square opposite the new Gateway Project building’. A number of different spaces will also be created to cater for a range of uses including outdoor performance, reading, discussion and outdoor eating as well as simply people-watching.
The proposals also aim to reflect the ‘backstory’ of the university, as well as its importance to the people of Salford, with improved access for the local community, says URS. During the implementation stage, its role will be to monitor and oversee the project on behalf of the university.
The seven-storey Gateway Project building, designed by architect Stride Treglown, will accommodate the School of Arts & Media. Facilities will include a theatre, recording and photography studios, café areas, performance and rehearsal spaces, computer suites and lecture theatres.
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