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Brunel University Campus Hillingdon

Summary

In 1962, c.60.75 hectares of former agricultural land was acquired as the site for the new Brunel University when the College of Advanced Technology in Acton, established in 1957, was upgraded and expanded. It was named after Isambard Brunel whose Great Western Railway passed through Acton. The campus was landscaped with lawns, shrubberies and a number of formal areas. New green spaces have been created as a result of a major programme of campus improvement works since 2005.

Basic Details

Site location:
Cleveland Road/Kingston Lane, Uxbridge

Postcode:
UB8 3PH ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Institutional Grounds

Date(s):
1965-71

Designer(s):
Richard Sheppard, Sheppard Robson & Partners

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Hillingdon

Site ownership:
Brunel University

Site management:
Brunel University

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Uxbridge (Piccadilly, Metropolitan). Bus: U3, U4, U7.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/02/2012
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.brunel.ac.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ060826

Size in hectares:
c.60.75 (campus)

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
Yes

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
UDP Proposal 3

Fuller information

The master plan of 1965 for the Brunel Campus was by Richard Sheppard, with the main buildings completed by 1971 including communal buildings by Sheppard Robson & Partners, laboratories and technical buildings by Still & Eastman-Field. The landscaping of the campus included an ornamental pool with fountains in front of the administration building and a paved sunken garden in front of the Lecture Centre; other features included architectural structures such as the brick pergola at the west front. The site is generally flat and a central pedestrian spine was established running west to east. To the east the land slopes onto Kingston Lane, with shrubbery beds to the road. The River Pinn runs through the campus with trees planted along the footpath next to the water. Since 2005 £300mm has been invested in redeveloping the campus to provide new and refurbished social, teaching and sporting facilities, as well as additional green spaces. The new Health Sciences and Social Care building was opened by HM the Queen.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England, London 3: North West (Penguin, 1999 ed) p.307-10; Ben Weinreb & Christopher Hibbert, 'The London Encyclopaedia' (Macmillan, revised ed. 1993), p.102. See Brunel University website for History of Brunel University

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