Developing the West Slope

Find out about our West Slope development – a mix of student housing and spaces for learning, socialising and student wellbeing services.

a master plan image of the West Slope development


Work on the West Slope development is now underway. Preparatory ground works are currently taking place across campus and the demolition of old buildings has begun within the development area. During the academic years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024, demolition will continue ahead of construction starting. Find out more about the impact of West Slope construction works on our existing residences

View campus development news for updates on our West Slope works.

About West Slope

This development is the next step in our vision of being a better university for a better world and is the most ambitious programme we have undertaken in recent years.

Nestled below the South Downs, the West Slope development will be transformative and create new residential, learning, wellbeing and commercial spaces.

Inspired by Sussex’s original architect, Sir Basil Spence, the West Slope development will borrow colours and textures from the South Downs surrounding us and complement our existing campus architecture while being thoroughly modern in its design and function.

Artist impression of someone looking over West Slope residences from the edge of campus


We plan to add 1,899 new beds as part of the West Slope development programme. The accommodation will be a mixture of single bedroom villas, apartments and townhouses. We will also build new two-bedroom family apartments and fully adaptable rooms with carers’ rooms.

A place for learning

A brand new Library Pavilion will provide much-needed study space. Library Pavilion will be distinctive and encourage the exploration of new ideas and innovative teaching. We are not afraid to disrupt the conventional view of an academic library and will use experimental approaches to provide learning spaces and digital content for our students. The Library Pavilion will be accessible to all and offer flexible working environments.


In the creation of a new Health and Wellbeing Centre, we will be able to offer an integrated therapeutic space, Primary Care Network services, and community services. The centre will break away from the traditional clinical feel to create a welcoming, accessible and safe environment.

Social spaces

New social and retail spaces will be created as part of the West Slope development. A new supermarket and cafe will enhance our commercial offering to students, giving better access to everyone.

We will also build a brand new children’s playground next to new family accommodation, giving families a space to gather, play and enjoy their surroundings.

An artist view of North Court, looking north, supermarket and café on the left, Pavilion Library straight ahead, and the Health and Wellbeing Centre on the right

Accessible for all

We want everyone to have access to the same facilities and experiences when they are at Sussex.

Many of our buildings are historically challenging to access. The new West Slope development creates an opportunity to build with access as a priority.

Step-free routes will have gentle gradients. Internal and external lifts and bridges will connect different spaces offering a more universal experience to our students and staff.

How it will lookAn aerial view of West Slope, as drawn by an artist

Our architecture will be sympathetic to its surrounding nature and we will endeavour to use sustainable materials in construction and integrate sustainable technologies to help reduce waste and reduce the impact of running our new facilities.

We will preserve as many trees as possible and relocate or replace any felled trees and plant new trees to increase the overall number.

View a full-size artist’s map of the West Slope campus area.

The whole precinct should have the ‘sense of a university’ and should, if possible, grow out of the soil of Sussex to become a natural part of this beautiful site.” Sir Basil Spence
Architect of the original Sussex campus buildings, 1961

We will also use green roof technology to encourage biodiversity in our soft landscaping.

Water conservation and a waste management will also be thoughtfully engineered throughout.

Read more about how important sustainability is to the University.

Considerate construction

Following our successful partnership delivering our new Student Centre and East Slope residences, we have once again partnered with industry leading infrastructure group Balfour Beatty to construct our West Slope development. Some of the benefits of our partnership include:

  • zero harm approach to Health and Safety: A commitment to keep its workforce, business partners, suppliers, subcontractors, members of the public and the environment safe
  • considerate contractor scheme: Balfour Beatty actively manages its impact on the community through noise and nuisance management, workforce behavioural standards and community engagement
  • sustainability: A sustainable culture framework, ambitious waste reduction and zero carbon targets and responsible material sourcing
  • social values and ethics: Local employment, local charity support and a commitment to Human Rights and Commitment to rejection of Modern Slavery underpin Balfour Beatty’s social values.
  • tier one contractor: Balfour Beatty offers a stable financial base, a developed and qualified supply chain and surety of delivery and quality of finish.

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