DETAILED plans for a new academic building and gallery at Arts University Bournemouth have been unveiled.

AUB has submitted plans to BCP Council for a four-storey academic building with 8,000 square metres of floorspace including cycle parking and alterations to the existing car parking at its campus at Fern Barrow in Wallisdown.

And with BCP Council declaring a climate emergency in 2019, AUB has since committed to an aspiration to achieve net zero carbon on this development.

The plans include ensuring the academic floorspace is 'orientated for optimum daylighting and solar control' and to ensure the southern façades 'capture the sun'.

The outside of the building will be built to react to environmental conditions, with the south being open and the north being 'less transparent with punctured windows'.

The development will include a 'pearl’ feature building to provide an 'interesting gallery space' and will frame the southern external courtyard.

This building will connect the new development to the existing campus.

The plans include 102 cycle parking spaces, of which 98 will be secure covered cycle parking and 4 would be visitor spaces.

Extensive landscaping also form part of the scheme.

A public consultation event in September saw no objections raised.

A planning statement submitted as part of the application said: "The proposal submitted with this application has taken into account various comments and recommendations from the council, including adjustments to the landscaping, additional accessibility access points and clarification on the factors which have underpinned design choices regarding the orientation and sustainability of the building."

As part of the bid to be net carbon zero, the building will reduce energy demand through maintaining 'passive design' and installing clean energy sources.

The statement adds: "The proposed reduction in car parking provision aligns with the university's ambition to provide a more sustainable campus, as well as aligning with the council's sustainable agenda and to help tackle the climate emergency."