For more than 20 years, we have worked with universities to deliver future-focused and sustainable environments that prioritise student health and wellbeing
We pride ourselves on developing long-standing working relationships with universities across the UK. We deliver a broad spectrum of university projects, including large campus-wide masterplans, modern purpose-built facilities, refurbish and repurpose outdated spaces, and produce smaller scale improvements.
Collaboration is key to our approach. We have gleaned broad knowledge, successes and insights from our multi-sector experience in Office and Workplace and Healthcare, as well as from decades of delivering excellence across our higher education portfolio. This knowledge combines experience across new builds, masterplanning, refurbishment, extensions, block replacements, repairs and maintenance, estate strategies, and decarbonisation plans.
We shape dynamic campuses with a community feel and fitting facilities for the modern student to thrive. We realise the importance of social interaction to enhance the holistic student experience. All of these play an important role in helping secure long-term success in an increasingly competitive landscape.
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Engineering Building, Frenchay Campus
Designed to support the next generation of student engineers and an improved curriculum model, under new leadership, the space uses an open layout to breaks down boundaries between engineering disciplines.
UKRINN, University of Huddersfield
The UKRRIN centres will provide value research into the future of rail by testing and developing new rail technology.
Joseph Priestley Building, University of Huddersfield
An outstanding demonstration of the sustainable refurbishment of a complex and inefficient 1960s university building, we crafted bespoke teaching and learning environments, catering for the specific requirements of the faculty with a focus on promoting collaboration.
Faculty of Engineering & Design, University of Bath
Designed with a series of dynamic studio space, this flagship building encourages architecture and engineering students to work together in a collaborative environment.
Sovereign Design House, University of Huddersfield
Our redevelopment of the Grade II Listed purpose-built bath house, originally designed by us in, 1954 create an inspiring, renewed space bringing student’s artwork to life through presentation and exhibition space.
Sir John Ramsden Court, University of Huddersfield
We worked closely with the University to convert the Grade II* Listed historic canal warehouse from twelve individual flats into office accommodation for various university departments.
Refurbishment to provide modern and updated engineering, computer science and reception spaces at Birmingham City University.
Oastler Building, University of Huddersfield
Pushing the boundaries of what is possible, creating a world-class teaching and learning space that paves the way for further local regeneration. Embracing the innovative and ever-evolving nature of the campus, Oastler celebrates education, through flexible spaces that are completely adaptable.
Glenside Hub, University of the West of England
The Hub at Glenside is a contemporary and welcoming environment including touch-down work spaces and comfortable seating with power and USB ports, a food outlet serving hot meals, and a new café shop called the Coffee Pod.
Computational Foundry, Swansea University
Designed to support increased collaboration between industry and academia, the Computational Foundry for Swansea University has transformed Computer Science into a beacon for computing in Wales. With spaces for interaction, space to meet and work.
East Quad Building
The new centre of excellence for creative and performing arts and media at TU Dublin features a series of dramatic atria spaces, providing a focus and identity for each of the schools, within a publicly accessible environment.
Barbara Hepworth Building, University of Huddersfield
The new home for the University of Huddersfield’s faculty of art, design and Architecture, is an open, flexible learning hub that unites all design disciplines and encourages creativity and interaction.
Through close client relationships we support universities by managing their estates and deliver environments which add real value to the student experienceView all University projects
University education has undergone a significant evolution since we first began working in the sector. Our path to success in this ever-evolving sector has proved to be our adaptability.
We are progressive and proactive in how we go about addressing any challenges universities might face. In response to changes in teaching and accessing higher education, we adapt our approach and employ innovative features that cleverly incorporate the use of technology and virtual learning, alongside more traditional formats. We create flexible and adaptable spaces that can easily be transformed and adapted to meet the evolving curriculum and extend their life.
The introduction of tuition fees has seen the market become ever more competitive, with the need to offer students world-class facilities alongside academic excellence.
Developments in financial structure have placed greater demands upon estate departments to be more creative in managing the estate and seeking alternative funding has become a key component in delivering large capital programmes across an estate. We engage with universities to find effective solutions sympathetic to being more commercially aware.
Sustainability is central to our work in education. We support university estate teams to make further sustainability gains and provide practical help and advice towards achieving a Net Zero Carbon future. As well as undertaking site enhancements which improve sustainability credentials in the present, we help university estates with long-term decarbonisation strategies.
By undertaking site condition surveys, we can see which buildings can be repurposed and/or reused to meet higher education needs – not only in the immediate but in years to come too. Thereby we create environmentally sustainable, as well as socially sustainable spaces that support student welfare and educational needs.
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Designing for health and wellbeing has been a core focus among many higher education institutions for some time. As graduates move into the workplace, healthy office environments must be prioritised.
Date: 17 Mar 20
by Dominic Manfredi
The Spine: Biophilic building for human resilience
Designed to WELL Platinum Standard, this office is set to be one of the healthiest buildings in the World.
Date: 18 Oct 21
by Robert Hopkins
Building a clear picture of education estates
Good estate management in schools is crucial, but this can be challenging. Estate managers must embrace new technology to streamline estate audits and ensure learning environments are suitable..
Date: 15 Apr 20
by Lee McDougall
Director, Building Consultancy
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