Quads landscape and campus routes
Quads Landscape strategy
Why are these improvements being proposed?
Arts/events space – The University aspires to host an increased range of external events and deliver a programme of art within the Whiteknights campus. These may range from small informal music events to bigger, more organised, events like the University Open Days. Art within the campus could take the form of permanent installations and a programme of temporary events.
What is being proposed?
Palmer Quad – It is proposed that both the hard (paved) and soft (planted) landscape of the quads are upgraded. A new space will allow safer cycle and pedestrian movement while offering the opportunity for events to be held in the space throughout the year. A performance space with the necessary infrastructure to support events is also proposed for this quad.
Library Quad – This will pick up changes needed to pathways to fit with the new proposals for the URS building and to enable pedestrians and cyclists to both use these safely, whilst retaining the green and tranquil feel of this quad.
Edith Morley Quad – A limited number of subtle enhancements are proposed to this quad. The existing lawn within the space could be sculpted to create a space for small scale evening recitals and events. There is potential to give the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology a greater external presence.
Campus routes strategy
The key routes on the Whiteknights campus are used by both pedestrians and cyclists. Travel surveys have regularly highlighted a perception of conflict between these two types of users. The University of Reading is proposing improvements to create safe walking and cycling on the campus.