The site, acquired in 2007 and masterplanned by BDP, is adjacent to the original 1960s university campus and already accommodates Goodricke College, the Computer Science, Theatre and Film & Television buildings and the York Law and Management Schools. Eventually it will double the size of the university.
The landscape strategy sets out a structure that is not dominated by highways and parking, rather by the movement of pedestrians and cyclists through a series of vistas, routes, edges and shortcuts. The success of the masterplan lies in the subtlety of these spaces and the arrangement of the buildings whose geometries create protective microclimates. Each building has its own distinctive landscape setting and 'inner world' which balances the need for intimacy with the civicness of the overall masterplan.