Creating the best University landscape

Significant work has taken place to devise the University’s Landscape Masterplan. This plan presents recommendations and explores opportunities for the University to create a cohesive, inclusive and high quality public realm over the next 15 years.

It will complement the historic University campus, and existing context whilst helping us to sustainably meet the needs of future developments.

Some of the key aims of the plan are to re-prioritise the campus for pedestrians and re-enforce the campus’ sense of place and thresholds within the wider public realm. A key step to unlocking this potential will be to redefine the quality of the landscape and public realm within the University estate; we will improve under-utilised spaces, reduce areas of car parking and roads and enrich these spaces and routes with programmes such as new University squares and courts, productive gardens, rain gardens and green infrastructure.

Creating a great landscape also involves the promotion of sustainability throughout the campus by greening, improved water management, promotion of wildlife habitats and by bringing sustainability elements into the public eye, including access, well-being and community development.

Find out more about the Landscaping strategy.

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Have your say on the University Campus Landscape

Students, staff and members of the local community are invited to take part in one of the ‘pop up’ workshops and have their say on future ideas for the campus landscape.

Student, staff and community participation and engagement is integral to developing a comprehensive landscape strategy.  We would like to draw on local knowledge, creativity and skills in order to develop a shared future vision, which will reflect our diverse University community helping us to be a positive partner in society.

The University Sustainability Service supported by Gillespies will be running a series of informal ‘pop up’ design workshops in busy campus areas to get feedback on the type of things that people would like to see in the future as part of the campus landscape.

Everyone is welcome to attend, if you have ideas or suggestions we encourage you to pop along and chat with the project team, information on the dates in which you can get involved are below:

  • ‘Pop up design workshop’. Facilities Directorate Community Event, Tuesday 19th April, 6-8pm Laidlaw Library
  • Pop up’ design workshop. University road (outside the Students Union) 21st April, 11 – 2:30pm.
  • Keep an eye out for our Sustainability Service architects and student volunteers who will be roaming around campus on 21st April from 11 – 2:30pm to get feedback and ideas from people who might not be able to make the two ‘pop up’ events.