Teesside University’s Darlington Campus is a satellite campus, catering for about 1,200 students. The £13m complex, in Central Park next to the existing Darlington College, was completed in 2011, and features an iconic building with roof terrace, set within landscaped grounds.
FPCR worked with a multi-disciplinary team to deliver a high quality landscape and public realm scheme. We prepared a full set of drawings, designing the scheme from concept through to detailed design. We also provided advice to the design & build contractor throughout the construction stage of the project.
A wide, tree-lined pathway leads from the site entrance to the main building. The immediate setting of the building comprises a mix of high quality paving and street furniture, including covered cycle shelter for 112 cycles, a secure cycle store, car parking, seating, bin store, bollards, lighting and access barriers. Soft landscaping included native and ornamental planting, with architectural planting designed to echo the strong building lines. A contoured mound with amphitheatre-style seating helps screen car parking areas from the building, and helps to envelope the green space in front of the building.
In addition to landscape design services, FPCR also undertook the ecological appraisal and prepared an ecological management plan. Ecologists worked alongside Landscape Architects to design ecological features, including a butterfly habitat alongside the railway.