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The University of Sussex

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Client
The University of Sussex

Location
Falmer, UK

Discipline
Architecture

Sector
Student Residential

Size
2,117 student rooms

Status
On site

solution

The University of Sussex, established in 1961, is one of the finest ‘plate glass’ universities from that era. In downlands near Brighton, the campus was designed by Sir Basil Spence in the 1960s and is now Grade I listed.

With the need to raise residential student numbers from 12,000 to 18,000, tp bennett was asked to provide over 2,000 new rooms – variously cluster flats and town houses – as well as supporting social facilities and a centralised student union. Reviving Spence’s masterplan, and using building forms and materials that echoed his acclaimed campus, the practice devised a scheme based around four hubs, each containing study rooms, shops and social spaces.