In November 2011, LHA+UD was appointed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as part of a New Universities Project Management Team (PMT) to take forward a planning process for the development of a New University in Mpumalanga.
The New Universities Project Management Team has explored a range of issues relevant to the selection of the best sites for the new University in Mpumalanga. These include: understanding the nature, scale and possible academic content of the institution; establishing a framework of selection criteria; defining the essential qualities of the host town and of the optimum site and establishing a framework that supports objective decision making.
The brief called for the articulation of a Design and Development Framework for the University of Mpumalanga.
The Spatial Development Framework aims to:
Be sensitive to the natural environment
Establish appropriate links to the city and surrounds
Ensure proper access for students and visitors via public transport
Create a pedestrian friendly campus environment
Use the gentle slope to ensure vistas and views
Be responsive to the existing agricultural fields and orchards
Contain the extent of the campus development on the property by defining its edges
Be thoughtful in its architectural expression
Create an architectural language that is of its place.