The Master plan prepares the groundwork for a flexible campus design based on a “modular” faculty building that has the flexibility to program for different educational uses. The international standard of Campus design focuses on the ambitions for the future students and staff. The European standard was used to calculate the number of square meters per student and costing of the campus. Framing the borders of the Campus are new urban developments for student housing and other city functions. In addition to the campus plan, a masterplan for the older existing villages of Pirang and Faraba Banta, is also proposed in order to protect them from losing their identity.
The UTG campus will set a new standard in The Gambia, and its environmental profile will serve as an important educational tool for students. The new campus’ design employs environmentally sustainable solutions, such as a solar energy park, a power plant for waste management and energy production, and access to clean water through local harvesting and water management
For Snøhetta, it was important to make a Gambian Campus and bring influences of the Gambian traditions to a new expression. Through analysis of the traditional Gambian settlements and landscapes, Snøhetta found three strong elements for developing the design for the campus Master Plan; the green structure, the African fractal as components for the faculty buildings and the outdoor meeting places set in a hierarchy through “Bantabas”, “compounds” and atriums.
The base of the frontal element was created to be a superelipse.