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University of Mpumalanga:

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.