Proposals to enhance the public spaces at the heart of the University, and the routes leading it, are on display at the Henley Business School from 27 April to 5 May.
Students are invited to the exhibition and provide their feedback to us.
The proposals are made up of two separate but closely related projects. The quads outside the Palmer building, URS and the Library come alive during the summer, but are not used as much during other times of the year. The University is proposing improvements to the quads to create a more vibrant focal point at the centre of the campus.
The second project will create an integrated series of routes that facilitate safe and enjoyable walking and cycling on the campus.
Quads Landscape Strategy
What is being proposed?
Palmer Quad – It is proposed that both the hard (paved) and soft (planted) landscape of this quad are upgraded. A new space will allow a more flexible pattern of cycle and pedestrian movement while offering the opportunity for events to be held in the space throughout the year.
Library Quad – A performance space with the necessary infrastructure to support events is proposed for this quad. The area outside the refurbished and extended library will be redesigned to provide a café terrace and library garden for reading.
Edith Morley Quad – A limited number of subtle enhancements are proposed to this quad. The existing lawn within the space could be sculpted to create a space for small scale evening recitals and events. There is potential to give the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology a greater external presence.
Campus Routes Strategy
What is being proposed?
On road routes – A core aspiration of the Campus Routes Strategy is to reduce the dominance of motor vehicles. The road environment needs to be inclusive and accommodate people walking and cycling.
Off road routes – Lack of space is an issue when large numbers of students and staff emerge at similar times. Wider routes have greater capacity and allow room for cyclists and pedestrians to move comfortably together
Key spaces (outside the Quads) – There are four key spaces across the campus, which could benefit from modifications. These spaces play an important role in strategic cycle and pedestrian routes across the campus.
Campus gateways – The gateways to the Whiteknights campus represent a key location, a point for the University to express its identity and differentiate itself from the surrounding road network. Redesigning the three main entrance points could help calm traffic speeds and prioritise pedestrian movement.
More details on the consultation can be found on the University website.