We were appointed to review the masterplanning process following a period of refurbishment and consolidation, replacing a number of old and unsuitable buildings to meet current needs and future expansion plans.
The second phase of the identified strategic plan was the creation of a University Centre. The new building, costing just under £13 million, was designed as three elements responding to the immediate context of the site; and forming a barrier into the site from the town's inner ring road that runs along one side of the site.
The distinctive building has a curved teaching block running alongside Barbara Castle Way, an administration block facing the Campus and a glazed atrium linking them both. It is designed to give a “distinctive” edge to the main highway and incorporates landscaped areas to help promote the local ecology.
The accommodation in the new building includes general teaching accommodation on the first to fourth floors for the business, science, social science, vocational and teacher education departments, with the integrated art department housed on the fifth floor. Supporting accommodation includes a Learning Resource Centre on the ground and first floors, staff accommodation, cafe, bar and administration.