We will capture our plans for the estate in an Estates Plan which will be presented to the University Board in April 2012, and we will review it periodically thereafter. The Estates Plan will focus on investing in academic and student space in support of the strategy set out in the Creating, Sharing & Inspiring Strategies.
Specifically we will seek to provide flexible and agile space that can be adapted for multiple purposes in all new developments.
We will benchmark our estate and facilities against those universities with whom we compete, and we will ensure our estate and facilities remain competitive.
We remain committed to our two principal campuses at Talbot and Lansdowne. Our first priority will be to develop a significant and coherent presence in the Lansdowne campus by 2015 through the development of a flagship Lansdowne Exchange building.
As part of the Estates Plan we will maintain a long-term view, based on a two campus model, with respect to planning, land acquisition, creation of open space, car parking and capital building projects. This will ensure short- and medium- term estates developments do not restrict long term aspirations and opportunities for academic developments and a changing academic footprint.
We will consider options for different forms of HE provision, either at alternative locations or through alternative methods of delivery such as online learning, as and when we identify such opportunities through regular horizon scanning.