Southampton Solent University buys East Park Terrace site

How the hotel was meant to look

How the hotel was meant to look

First published in Southampton Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Politics and business reporter

A PRIME city centre site earmarked for a towering luxury hotel has been sold by receivers to Southampton Solent University.

The proposed 200-bed 22- storey Radisson hotel at East Park Terrace was set to become the city’s tallest building as part of a £110m development bringing 550 jobs.

The council approved plans for the site over three years ago including a 122- unit apartment hotel, and a 14-storey block of 219 flats and 8,500 square metres of offices.

But the developer behind the scheme, Imperial Property (Southampton), collapsed into administration 18 months ago after turning the site into a cheap car park to bring in extra income.

Now Solent University has snapped up the three-acre plot, formerly 1960s offices and an ambulance station, next to its East Park Terrace campus.

Council chiefs are keen to see a landmark building on the site but university bosses have refused to make any commitments.

Before its collapse, Imperial Property had been preparing revised plans for the hotel which would have reached 83 metres thanks to a metal spire, higher than the present tallest building in the city, Millbrook Towers, at 25 storeys and 73m The revised plans featured a sleeker and more elegant design and incorporated a 21st floor cocktail bar with external viewing balconies.

Solent University said a master plan setting out its options for future development would be completed over the next few months.

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Van Gore said the acquisition was a “once-in-alifetime”

opportunity to buy land in the heart of the city to expand the existing campus.

“It is early days, yet. This is an important project and will take some time to realise,” he said. “The first thing is to work out logically how to optimise the space across the whole East Park Terrace site, including the existing campus.

Then, in consultation with the city’s planners, we will want to generate a number of specific options, including possible future commercial usage on part of the site.

“No decisions have been made as yet and, as you would expect, our immediate priority is to concentrate on educational use and the benefits to our students, staff and the local community.

“In this context, an early ‘front runner’, is a new academic building and linked sporting facilities, preferably by 2013, if that can be achieved.”

Council leader Royston Smith welcomed the expansion of the university and proposed leisure facilities.

He said: “The city masterplan identifies the northern part of that site as somewhere a landmark building would look good but that’s for the university to decide.”

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11:08am Mon 21 Feb 11

StEmmosfire says...

more cheap student accommodation then?
more cheap student accommodation then? StEmmosfire
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11:21am Mon 21 Feb 11

G0Rf says...

what a load of rubbish, this city is a joke!
more student digs or a sports hall, right in the middle of the city.....just what we need!
I think the uni should sell it on for the proposed use of a landmark hotel!
what a load of rubbish, this city is a joke! more student digs or a sports hall, right in the middle of the city.....just what we need! I think the uni should sell it on for the proposed use of a landmark hotel! G0Rf
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11:22am Mon 21 Feb 11

MGRA says...

StEmmosfire wrote:
more cheap student accommodation then?
you may not have read it properly. have another read. Knowing the uni like I do, I would suggest the chances of student accomodation appearing on that site are zero. Looking at the square-footage, access and the state of the main campus building, Its going to make sense to build academic facilites on the new site, bulldoze the back of the main building and rebuild there as well. There is also potential for commercial outlets, possibly using some of the University's talent pool of students. Media and Arts are fabulous there so maybe a decent commercial attraction linked to a new gallery. Very exciting for the Uni, And Van Gore is a very "grass roots" VC so expect novel ground-breaking usage of that site...
[quote][p][bold]StEmmosfire[/bold] wrote: more cheap student accommodation then?[/p][/quote]you may not have read it properly. have another read. Knowing the uni like I do, I would suggest the chances of student accomodation appearing on that site are zero. Looking at the square-footage, access and the state of the main campus building, Its going to make sense to build academic facilites on the new site, bulldoze the back of the main building and rebuild there as well. There is also potential for commercial outlets, possibly using some of the University's talent pool of students. Media and Arts are fabulous there so maybe a decent commercial attraction linked to a new gallery. Very exciting for the Uni, And Van Gore is a very "grass roots" VC so expect novel ground-breaking usage of that site... MGRA
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11:42am Mon 21 Feb 11

Condor Man says...

I can't believe all this anti-student stuff, it's SSU that keeps areas like London Road and Bedford Place going. Whether its a new teaching block or halls it's better than having an empty plot. 20 years ago SSU bought the flats behind ASDA when the developer couldn't sell them.
I can't believe all this anti-student stuff, it's SSU that keeps areas like London Road and Bedford Place going. Whether its a new teaching block or halls it's better than having an empty plot. 20 years ago SSU bought the flats behind ASDA when the developer couldn't sell them. Condor Man
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11:52am Mon 21 Feb 11

StEmmosfire says...

MGRA wrote:
StEmmosfire wrote: more cheap student accommodation then?
you may not have read it properly. have another read. Knowing the uni like I do, I would suggest the chances of student accomodation appearing on that site are zero. Looking at the square-footage, access and the state of the main campus building, Its going to make sense to build academic facilites on the new site, bulldoze the back of the main building and rebuild there as well. There is also potential for commercial outlets, possibly using some of the University's talent pool of students. Media and Arts are fabulous there so maybe a decent commercial attraction linked to a new gallery. Very exciting for the Uni, And Van Gore is a very "grass roots" VC so expect novel ground-breaking usage of that site...
It looked as though this was the plans for the hotel that was to be next to the Itchen Bridge, which is by the existing halls of residence. As Uni's go Solent is pretty poor, the best thing they can do is invest in some decent research facilities.
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StEmmosfire[/bold] wrote: more cheap student accommodation then?[/p][/quote]you may not have read it properly. have another read. Knowing the uni like I do, I would suggest the chances of student accomodation appearing on that site are zero. Looking at the square-footage, access and the state of the main campus building, Its going to make sense to build academic facilites on the new site, bulldoze the back of the main building and rebuild there as well. There is also potential for commercial outlets, possibly using some of the University's talent pool of students. Media and Arts are fabulous there so maybe a decent commercial attraction linked to a new gallery. Very exciting for the Uni, And Van Gore is a very "grass roots" VC so expect novel ground-breaking usage of that site...[/p][/quote]It looked as though this was the plans for the hotel that was to be next to the Itchen Bridge, which is by the existing halls of residence. As Uni's go Solent is pretty poor, the best thing they can do is invest in some decent research facilities. StEmmosfire
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12:09pm Mon 21 Feb 11

Warsash says...

It makes more sence to have all the buildings on one large block, than scattered aroud the city. It will cut down on time wasted, admin costs etc. The old Plumers site can go back to retail, in the city. If they build a nice tall building, it may raise the standards of education at SSU?
It makes more sence to have all the buildings on one large block, than scattered aroud the city. It will cut down on time wasted, admin costs etc. The old Plumers site can go back to retail, in the city. If they build a nice tall building, it may raise the standards of education at SSU? Warsash
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12:25pm Mon 21 Feb 11

Rob444 says...

It would make senSe to buy the site if the price was relatively low, in order to sell it after the recession is over. Common sense really, especially if they have the spare cash, otherwise, their money will just get get eaten up by high inflation.
It would make senSe to buy the site if the price was relatively low, in order to sell it after the recession is over. Common sense really, especially if they have the spare cash, otherwise, their money will just get get eaten up by high inflation. Rob444
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1:01pm Mon 21 Feb 11

Linesman says...

How do they pay for it?

By putting up the tuition fees.
How do they pay for it? By putting up the tuition fees. Linesman
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1:37pm Mon 21 Feb 11

dolomiteman says...

Student housing in the heart of the city is what Southampton needs, as long as it has ample parking then all the housing stock in Portswood and other areas can be given back to familys who work in Southampton and the roads will not be parked full of cars that are only used once a week.
Student housing in the heart of the city is what Southampton needs, as long as it has ample parking then all the housing stock in Portswood and other areas can be given back to familys who work in Southampton and the roads will not be parked full of cars that are only used once a week. dolomiteman
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2:10pm Mon 21 Feb 11

Condor Man says...

dolomiteman wrote:
Student housing in the heart of the city is what Southampton needs, as long as it has ample parking then all the housing stock in Portswood and other areas can be given back to familys who work in Southampton and the roads will not be parked full of cars that are only used once a week.
I don't see how expanding student accommodation in the city centre will affect Portswood as most students living there are at the University (not Solent). If my lectures were on the main campus on University Road I would live as close as possible to that site.
[quote][p][bold]dolomiteman[/bold] wrote: Student housing in the heart of the city is what Southampton needs, as long as it has ample parking then all the housing stock in Portswood and other areas can be given back to familys who work in Southampton and the roads will not be parked full of cars that are only used once a week.[/p][/quote]I don't see how expanding student accommodation in the city centre will affect Portswood as most students living there are at the University (not Solent). If my lectures were on the main campus on University Road I would live as close as possible to that site. Condor Man
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3:03pm Mon 21 Feb 11

Paramjit Bahia says...

Expansion of any educational facilities seems to be much better option than either expensive hotel or any other form of paradise for local yobs
.

From university’s point of view it may be a wise investment when the property market is down. BUT where the money is coming from? Perhaps students will be made to pay through unaffordable fees, which universities can now raise with full blessings of unholy ConDem Coalition of opportunism.
Expansion of any educational facilities seems to be much better option than either expensive hotel or any other form of paradise for local yobs . From university’s point of view it may be a wise investment when the property market is down. BUT where the money is coming from? Perhaps students will be made to pay through unaffordable fees, which universities can now raise with full blessings of unholy ConDem Coalition of opportunism. Paramjit Bahia
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4:07pm Mon 21 Feb 11

loosehead says...

I don't know how full the cities hotels are at the moment ? was there a need for another hotel? I feel that this site should have gone to housing instead of building in peoples gardens.Is the building of new sports facilities on test park being done by scc? look I feel media & sports will be the areas most affected by falling numbers when the students have to pay higher tuition fees so why expand, I admit I don't know what courses are done by the SCC but I feel that this site could/should be used for something else ( just my opinion)
I don't know how full the cities hotels are at the moment ? was there a need for another hotel? I feel that this site should have gone to housing instead of building in peoples gardens.Is the building of new sports facilities on test park being done by scc? look I feel media & sports will be the areas most affected by falling numbers when the students have to pay higher tuition fees so why expand, I admit I don't know what courses are done by the SCC but I feel that this site could/should be used for something else ( just my opinion) loosehead
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4:08pm Mon 21 Feb 11

loosehead says...

I don't know how full the cities hotels are at the moment ? was there a need for another hotel? I feel that this site should have gone to housing instead of building in peoples gardens.Is the building of new sports facilities on test park being done by scc? look I feel media & sports will be the areas most affected by falling numbers when the students have to pay higher tuition fees so why expand, I admit I don't know what courses are done by the SCC but I feel that this site could/should be used for something else ( just my opinion)
I don't know how full the cities hotels are at the moment ? was there a need for another hotel? I feel that this site should have gone to housing instead of building in peoples gardens.Is the building of new sports facilities on test park being done by scc? look I feel media & sports will be the areas most affected by falling numbers when the students have to pay higher tuition fees so why expand, I admit I don't know what courses are done by the SCC but I feel that this site could/should be used for something else ( just my opinion) loosehead
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4:11pm Mon 21 Feb 11

loosehead says...

To my last post I would like to make it clear that I meant SSU not SSC.
To my last post I would like to make it clear that I meant SSU not SSC. loosehead
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5:27pm Mon 21 Feb 11

bri21 says...

Whatever goes on the site it'll give useless council planners another opportunity to b****r up access to the parks and city centre shops for people living in the Newtown & Nicholstown area.

Lots of older people live in that area and pedestrian access was severely restricted when the Council sold off Charlotte Place car park to the hotel developers. Now people have a lengthy detour around it and the old Co-op site. Wasn't that layabout Mark Thatcher a director of that company?

Possibly this time around local councillors might get off their backsides and actually represent their voters. Or probably not!
Whatever goes on the site it'll give useless council planners another opportunity to b****r up access to the parks and city centre shops for people living in the Newtown & Nicholstown area. Lots of older people live in that area and pedestrian access was severely restricted when the Council sold off Charlotte Place car park to the hotel developers. Now people have a lengthy detour around it and the old Co-op site. Wasn't that layabout Mark Thatcher a director of that company? Possibly this time around local councillors might get off their backsides and actually represent their voters. Or probably not! bri21
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6:41pm Mon 21 Feb 11

westhantsboy says...

it's good news if you ask me.
Building a replacement sports hall for St Marys Leisure centre which is just about falling down. Public will still have access, calm down dear !
it's good news if you ask me. Building a replacement sports hall for St Marys Leisure centre which is just about falling down. Public will still have access, calm down dear ! westhantsboy
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6:51pm Mon 21 Feb 11

Stillness says...

"with full blessings of unholy ConDem Coalition of opportunism."

You are like a stuck record Paramijit, and as about as much use. Why not I.M. southy, put your heads together and try to come up with something new to say.
"with full blessings of unholy ConDem Coalition of opportunism." You are like a stuck record Paramijit, and as about as much use. Why not I.M. southy, put your heads together and try to come up with something new to say. Stillness
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8:26pm Mon 21 Feb 11

Ian24 says...

Well done SCC , adopt a core strategy with policies which rule out building apart from student rooms. The gateway to the city will be posters on windows and vomit on the floor.

I am sure Royston and his secret detective agency saw this coming though.
Well done SCC , adopt a core strategy with policies which rule out building apart from student rooms. The gateway to the city will be posters on windows and vomit on the floor. I am sure Royston and his secret detective agency saw this coming though. Ian24
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10:47pm Mon 21 Feb 11

rjd26 says...

StEmmosfire wrote:
MGRA wrote:
StEmmosfire wrote: more cheap student accommodation then?
you may not have read it properly. have another read. Knowing the uni like I do, I would suggest the chances of student accomodation appearing on that site are zero. Looking at the square-footage, access and the state of the main campus building, Its going to make sense to build academic facilites on the new site, bulldoze the back of the main building and rebuild there as well. There is also potential for commercial outlets, possibly using some of the University's talent pool of students. Media and Arts are fabulous there so maybe a decent commercial attraction linked to a new gallery. Very exciting for the Uni, And Van Gore is a very "grass roots" VC so expect novel ground-breaking usage of that site...
It looked as though this was the plans for the hotel that was to be next to the Itchen Bridge, which is by the existing halls of residence. As Uni's go Solent is pretty poor, the best thing they can do is invest in some decent research facilities.
now when you say it's poor, you taking that view from the university league table the papers publish every year? Because from what I know that's based on the traditional courses, SSU doesn't do the traditional courses as they believe in the new and upcoming courses, like the one I'm on (computer games development). That's why we are so far down. Some people may think traditional is the way, or some people don't even like students. Well I'm sorry we can leave and let the local economy get hit. This has been discussed in Bournemouth too and it's just a fact that needs accepting, students add to an area, and with jobs needing more and more qualifications nowadays, university is needed in a childs life.
[quote][p][bold]StEmmosfire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StEmmosfire[/bold] wrote: more cheap student accommodation then?[/p][/quote]you may not have read it properly. have another read. Knowing the uni like I do, I would suggest the chances of student accomodation appearing on that site are zero. Looking at the square-footage, access and the state of the main campus building, Its going to make sense to build academic facilites on the new site, bulldoze the back of the main building and rebuild there as well. There is also potential for commercial outlets, possibly using some of the University's talent pool of students. Media and Arts are fabulous there so maybe a decent commercial attraction linked to a new gallery. Very exciting for the Uni, And Van Gore is a very "grass roots" VC so expect novel ground-breaking usage of that site...[/p][/quote]It looked as though this was the plans for the hotel that was to be next to the Itchen Bridge, which is by the existing halls of residence. As Uni's go Solent is pretty poor, the best thing they can do is invest in some decent research facilities.[/p][/quote]now when you say it's poor, you taking that view from the university league table the papers publish every year? Because from what I know that's based on the traditional courses, SSU doesn't do the traditional courses as they believe in the new and upcoming courses, like the one I'm on (computer games development). That's why we are so far down. Some people may think traditional is the way, or some people don't even like students. Well I'm sorry we can leave and let the local economy get hit. This has been discussed in Bournemouth too and it's just a fact that needs accepting, students add to an area, and with jobs needing more and more qualifications nowadays, university is needed in a childs life. rjd26
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11:46pm Mon 21 Feb 11

Condor Man says...

rjd26 wrote:
StEmmosfire wrote:
MGRA wrote:
StEmmosfire wrote: more cheap student accommodation then?
you may not have read it properly. have another read. Knowing the uni like I do, I would suggest the chances of student accomodation appearing on that site are zero. Looking at the square-footage, access and the state of the main campus building, Its going to make sense to build academic facilites on the new site, bulldoze the back of the main building and rebuild there as well. There is also potential for commercial outlets, possibly using some of the University's talent pool of students. Media and Arts are fabulous there so maybe a decent commercial attraction linked to a new gallery. Very exciting for the Uni, And Van Gore is a very "grass roots" VC so expect novel ground-breaking usage of that site...
It looked as though this was the plans for the hotel that was to be next to the Itchen Bridge, which is by the existing halls of residence. As Uni's go Solent is pretty poor, the best thing they can do is invest in some decent research facilities.
now when you say it's poor, you taking that view from the university league table the papers publish every year? Because from what I know that's based on the traditional courses, SSU doesn't do the traditional courses as they believe in the new and upcoming courses, like the one I'm on (computer games development). That's why we are so far down. Some people may think traditional is the way, or some people don't even like students. Well I'm sorry we can leave and let the local economy get hit. This has been discussed in Bournemouth too and it's just a fact that needs accepting, students add to an area, and with jobs needing more and more qualifications nowadays, university is needed in a childs life.
you are right, we need to have a more educated workforce but you'll have to concede that the University of Southampton is a far better institution than Solent given its Russell Group status and the masses of research it carries out. To be taken seriously it has to offer more academic qualifications. One example- Solent do a Journalism course BUT most top BBC journalists studied either English or another traditional subject at a decent university.
[quote][p][bold]rjd26[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StEmmosfire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StEmmosfire[/bold] wrote: more cheap student accommodation then?[/p][/quote]you may not have read it properly. have another read. Knowing the uni like I do, I would suggest the chances of student accomodation appearing on that site are zero. Looking at the square-footage, access and the state of the main campus building, Its going to make sense to build academic facilites on the new site, bulldoze the back of the main building and rebuild there as well. There is also potential for commercial outlets, possibly using some of the University's talent pool of students. Media and Arts are fabulous there so maybe a decent commercial attraction linked to a new gallery. Very exciting for the Uni, And Van Gore is a very "grass roots" VC so expect novel ground-breaking usage of that site...[/p][/quote]It looked as though this was the plans for the hotel that was to be next to the Itchen Bridge, which is by the existing halls of residence. As Uni's go Solent is pretty poor, the best thing they can do is invest in some decent research facilities.[/p][/quote]now when you say it's poor, you taking that view from the university league table the papers publish every year? Because from what I know that's based on the traditional courses, SSU doesn't do the traditional courses as they believe in the new and upcoming courses, like the one I'm on (computer games development). That's why we are so far down. Some people may think traditional is the way, or some people don't even like students. Well I'm sorry we can leave and let the local economy get hit. This has been discussed in Bournemouth too and it's just a fact that needs accepting, students add to an area, and with jobs needing more and more qualifications nowadays, university is needed in a childs life.[/p][/quote]you are right, we need to have a more educated workforce but you'll have to concede that the University of Southampton is a far better institution than Solent given its Russell Group status and the masses of research it carries out. To be taken seriously it has to offer more academic qualifications. One example- Solent do a Journalism course BUT most top BBC journalists studied either English or another traditional subject at a decent university. Condor Man
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9:18am Tue 22 Feb 11

BMWDelboy says...

I see the usual "student bashers" are out in force again ... perhaps they are jealous as they didn't make the grade.
I see the usual "student bashers" are out in force again ... perhaps they are jealous as they didn't make the grade. BMWDelboy
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11:06am Tue 22 Feb 11

allsaintsnocurves says...

I don't mind the University getting this plot but I do hope they design an iconic building to go on it. I am sure they will otherwise the council will keep refusing the planning permission until they come up with something that meets with their wishes for this area.

This is a great opportunity for SSU to really enhance it's reputation and give the university and city a real lift...we should support this!

There's plenty of other plots for more hotels to go up on...ocean village etc.
I don't mind the University getting this plot but I do hope they design an iconic building to go on it. I am sure they will otherwise the council will keep refusing the planning permission until they come up with something that meets with their wishes for this area. This is a great opportunity for SSU to really enhance it's reputation and give the university and city a real lift...we should support this! There's plenty of other plots for more hotels to go up on...ocean village etc. allsaintsnocurves
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12:44pm Tue 22 Feb 11

Bugney says...

This is hopefully a wise move by Solent.
We should be relieved another hotel that I or my children will never use,has been shelved.The uni is forward thinking
And should be congratulated.
This is hopefully a wise move by Solent. We should be relieved another hotel that I or my children will never use,has been shelved.The uni is forward thinking And should be congratulated. Bugney
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2:42pm Tue 22 Feb 11

bri21 says...

westhantsboy wrote:
it's good news if you ask me.
Building a replacement sports hall for St Marys Leisure centre which is just about falling down. Public will still have access, calm down dear !
OK! Why not? And good luck too! But don't hold yer breath waiting.

However, access to the parks ans city centre from Newtown is a real issue. One that deserves serious thought, not a sneering riposte. So my question is this ...

Have you had to work hard at university to learn how to patronise your elders and betters; or is it a gift that came naturally?
[quote][p][bold]westhantsboy[/bold] wrote: it's good news if you ask me. Building a replacement sports hall for St Marys Leisure centre which is just about falling down. Public will still have access, calm down dear ![/p][/quote]OK! Why not? And good luck too! But don't hold yer breath waiting. However, access to the parks ans city centre from Newtown is a real issue. One that deserves serious thought, not a sneering riposte. So my question is this ... Have you had to work hard at university to learn how to patronise your elders and betters; or is it a gift that came naturally? bri21
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4:29pm Tue 22 Feb 11

SpittingFire says...

MGRA wrote:
StEmmosfire wrote:
more cheap student accommodation then?
you may not have read it properly. have another read. Knowing the uni like I do, I would suggest the chances of student accomodation appearing on that site are zero. Looking at the square-footage, access and the state of the main campus building, Its going to make sense to build academic facilites on the new site, bulldoze the back of the main building and rebuild there as well. There is also potential for commercial outlets, possibly using some of the University's talent pool of students. Media and Arts are fabulous there so maybe a decent commercial attraction linked to a new gallery. Very exciting for the Uni, And Van Gore is a very "grass roots" VC so expect novel ground-breaking usage of that site...
Great acquisition for Solent, once in a lifetime as Gore says. Hope they come up with something groundbreaking!
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StEmmosfire[/bold] wrote: more cheap student accommodation then?[/p][/quote]you may not have read it properly. have another read. Knowing the uni like I do, I would suggest the chances of student accomodation appearing on that site are zero. Looking at the square-footage, access and the state of the main campus building, Its going to make sense to build academic facilites on the new site, bulldoze the back of the main building and rebuild there as well. There is also potential for commercial outlets, possibly using some of the University's talent pool of students. Media and Arts are fabulous there so maybe a decent commercial attraction linked to a new gallery. Very exciting for the Uni, And Van Gore is a very "grass roots" VC so expect novel ground-breaking usage of that site...[/p][/quote]Great acquisition for Solent, once in a lifetime as Gore says. Hope they come up with something groundbreaking! SpittingFire
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5:09pm Tue 22 Feb 11

SpittingFire says...

Ian24 wrote:
Well done SCC , adopt a core strategy with policies which rule out building apart from student rooms. The gateway to the city will be posters on windows and vomit on the floor.

I am sure Royston and his secret detective agency saw this coming though.
This lot may not be student digs - they're thinking on it.
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Royston: "The city masterplan identifies the northern part of that site as somewhere a landmark building would look good but that’s for the university to decide"
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Royston needn't worry. The premier landmark and gateway to the city is in the bag already. Cllr Matt Dean's new, stark blue, LED street lights on the Itchen Bridge. What a sight for sore, squinting eyes that'll be!
.
Pity that Pickles' handiwork is testing the Tory Council's blueprint vision come May.
.
Pickles is a glutton, for punishment they say!
[quote][p][bold]Ian24[/bold] wrote: Well done SCC , adopt a core strategy with policies which rule out building apart from student rooms. The gateway to the city will be posters on windows and vomit on the floor. I am sure Royston and his secret detective agency saw this coming though.[/p][/quote]This lot may not be student digs - they're thinking on it. . Royston: "The city masterplan identifies the northern part of that site as somewhere a landmark building would look good but that’s for the university to decide" . Royston needn't worry. The premier landmark and gateway to the city is in the bag already. Cllr Matt Dean's new, stark blue, LED street lights on the Itchen Bridge. What a sight for sore, squinting eyes that'll be! . Pity that Pickles' handiwork is testing the Tory Council's blueprint vision come May. . Pickles is a glutton, for punishment they say! SpittingFire
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