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Brunel University Campus

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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.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Cleveland Road/Kingston Lane, Uxbridge
Postcode: UB8 3PH
Type of site: Institutional Grounds 
Date(s): 1965-71
Designer(s): Richard Sheppard, Sheppard Robson & Partners
Listed structures:
Borough: Hillingdon
Site ownership: Brunel University
Site management: Brunel University
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
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.

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
Grid ref: TQ060826
Size in hectares: c.60.75 (campus)
On EH National Register : No
EH grade :
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
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:
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name:
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

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