Planning consultancy Turley has secured planning approval for a refreshed campus masterplan for De Montfort University.
The updated masterplan was approved by Leicester City Council in April 2014 as part of the implementation of the University’s 2012 outline planning permission. This will enable the University to continue the transformation of its campus with a further £90m investment in new sector-leading teaching facilities, student accommodation, support services and new and enhanced public space.
Turley has worked alongside the University Estates team for the past 12 years, producing the original 2004 masterplan. Several phases have been completed including the Magazine Gateway public realm scheme which links De Montfort to the City Centre. Turley has provided planning, urban design and sustainability advice, helping guide the estates strategy and enabling the delivery of key development projects.
Mike Best, Birmingham Office Director at Turley said:
“De Montfort University has developed an excellent reputation as well as a revitalised campus in Leicester City Centre over the past decade. This new masterplan accommodates the comprehensive redevelopment of the Fletcher Complex which will link the heart of campus with the waterside and focuses on the pedestrian route from Bede Island.”
Umesh Desai, Deputy Director of Estates at De Montfort University said:
“This is a key milestone in our development strategy. In the first instance, it will enable our proposals for the Fletcher Complex to proceed, to provide an impressive new base for the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities. In the longer term, it will guide our continued investment across the campus and enable us to sustain our role as one of the foremost providers of creative higher education in the UK. We are grateful to Leicester City Council and to Turley for their support.”
De Montfort University currently has some 22,000 students and 2,700 staff in Leicester contributing £389m to the local economy each year.