The landscape strategy sought to create a high-quality landscape educational campus for students and staff of Exeter College and was underpinned by several principles;
- Develop a ‘green’ campus with a series of new landscape spaces;
- Protect existing valuable trees and enhance biodiversity;
- Integrate SUDs in to the landscape
- Improve pedestrian and cycle circulation and support active travel
- Respond sensitively to existing heritage features and surrounding townscape character
- Create a flexible and deliverable Landscape Proposals that can adapt to changes in the masterplan over time.
The landscape masterplan is comprised of several key components;
Hele Gate Lawn – The primary entrance for students and visitors
Montpellier Walk -A linear landscape corridor running through the heart of the campus
Hele Gate Square – A new events square
Courtyard Spaces – A number of small themed courtyard spaces
The masterplan successfully received planning consent and is now being delivered as part of a phased delivery programme.
The scheme seeks to support active travel by providing enhanced pedestrian and cycle connectivity, provision of new cycle and E-bike parking, and adopting a zero-parking campus approach. The new landscape spaces introduce new and biodiverse planting typologies and integrate new SUDs features.