Supporting Academic Excellence through Building Design

AUDE and HEDQF

ReVision - A film by the HEDQF

Better Communication = Better Projects

HEDQF and other RIBA Client Forums

HEDQF meeting - 14 April 2010 - University of Cambridge

HEDQF Debate at the University of Cambridge

HEDQF building visit 7 October 2010 at the University of Winchester

Education Knowledge Community update

Future Meetings in 2011 (provisional)

Welcome to the January issue of the Education Building Design Bulletin, the newsletter covering the RIBA's Education Client Forums. The forums are designed to strengthen the relationship between architects and their clients working in key industries. For further information on the education forums or to subscribe to this newsletter please contact the Client Forum Co-ordinator on 0207 580 5533 or email clientforum@inst.riba.org

Supporting Academic Excellence through Building Design

24 January 2011

Can building design impact on behaviour that in turn result in improved academic standards?

As the Government reviews current building programmes, this event explores design quality with case studies indentifying common threads in Schools, Further Education and Higher Education facilities.

Chaired by RIBA Client Design Advisor Paul Fletcher, speakers include:

  • Sylvia McNamara of the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency
  • Stafford Critchlow of Wilkinson Eyre
  • Simon Neal Head of Estates at Queen Mary, University of London.

Further speakers to be announced shortly.

Find out more.

For bookings for please contact clientforum@inst.riba.org or telephone 020 7580 5533.

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AUDE and HEDQF

Closer links are being forged with regular sub-group meetings now in place. HEDQF plan contributions to the AUDE Conference in York including another film/exhibition and projects to help AUDE members as outlined below.

ReVision - A film by the HEDQF on the future of Higher Education

ReVision is a short film by architect Rod McAllister on behalf of the HEDQF exploring the future of HE a generation from now. It was screened at the AUDE 2010 Conference in Belfast and received a warm reception. The film comprises of interviews and discussions with HE Building Design Stakeholders addressing issues identified by the RIBA Building Futures publication 'Growing by degrees'. View the film.  

Another film with an accompanying exhibition is planned for next year on the theme of small projects which have a big impact.

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Better Communication = Better Projects

This was a new initiative this year for HEDQF to deliver a workshop for Estates Directors at AUDE 2010 focussing on finding ways to improve the quality of projects. HEDQF developed a collaborative, participatory workshop for AUDE, chaired and facilitated by a client, an academic and an architect. It focussed on finding ways of working more effectively and efficiently to achieve a higher design quality of projects. To view the summary leaflet.

HEDQF and other RIBA Client Forums

Possible joint meetings and conferences are under discussion.

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HEDQF meeting - 14 April 2010 held at the University of Cambridge, Centre for Mathematical Sciences

HEDQF members visit the site of the Centre for Mathematical Science, University of Cambridge

HEDQF members visit the site of the Centre for Mathematical Science, University of Cambridge

Ravinder Dhillon, Head of Projects, University of Cambridge Estate Management, gave a presentation on the future development of the University of Cambridge Estate. This covered Master Plans for several sites in Cambridge and buildings recently completed, as well as projects currently on site or due to start.

Gavin Henderson, Director of Stanton Williams Architects gave a presentation on the University’s Sainsbury Laboratory for Plant Sciences located on the Botanic Garden in Cambridge. This was followed by visit to see the building which is due for completion in December 2010. Gavin took members round and described the work in progress and the criteria which affected the design of the building. 

HEDQF Debate at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge – 14 April 2010

Over 100 people attended the HEDQF debate, hosted by Estate Management at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences on 14 April entitled 'Can Higher Education Institutes attract finance to deliver High Quality Education and Research Facilities?'. This was an excellent turn-out and the topic was clearly of great interest. Chaired by Ian Caldwell, Director of Estates and Facilities, Kings College London, the speakers were Vernon West, Head of Public Sector, Barclays Bank; Laurence Brett, Head of Higher Education, Davis Langdon LLP; Chris Goldsmith, Managing Director of Turnstone Estates Ltd; Jonathan Burroughs, Chief Executive of Creative Places; and David Hills, Director of RH Partnership Architects in Cambridge. The diverse background of the speakers ensured wide-ranging view points, ensuring a lively debate and there were many questions from the audience. Davis Langdon who handled the registration of attendees also provided wine and canapés after the debate ensuring a convivial networking opportunity.

More debates planned for next year.

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HEDQF building visit 7 October 2010 at the University of Winchester

There was a good turnout for the building visit to the University of Winchester’s main Sparkford Road Campus.

Chris Higgins (former director of estates) charted the transformation of the former King Alfred’s college over the last 170 years from a teacher training college to the 6000 strong thriving student community it is today. This is largely due to good leadership, a strong vision and an element of risk taking in seizing unique development opportunities when they appear. The Campus lacked presence and suffered from the classic symptoms of 60’s/70’s unplanned development. Feilden Clegg Bradley (FCB) were commissioned to create a masterplan, with a planned ambitious expansion programme to raise its’ profile and achieve University status.
FCB’s Award winning housing scheme and the Martial Rose library extension (published Architect Journal vol. 211, no. 19, May 18 2000) kick started the process.

The University commissioned Design Engine in 2004 to provide a series of buildings, which deal with a series of common problems in the university Sector. Richard Jobson, Director of Design Engine, gave a presentation on their ongoing work with the University, emerging from their initial masterplan in 2006. The improvements to the campus have increased student applications by approx 20%. www.designengine.co.uk

Mat Jane provided an impressive update on environmental progress before members enjoyed a tour of the campus. View Mat’s presentation.

The Stripe building

Stripe Building-University of Winchester

 Stripe Building - University of Winchester

An independent steel structure over the roof of existing 60’s building deals with the issue of a failing roof and provides additional teaching spaces. Internal refurbishment improved the acoustics and environment to make it a key facility for the campus.

 

 

 

 

 

The Student Centre 

The Student Centre

 Student Centre University of Winchester

The 2008 RIBA award winning building (Published: Architecture today no. 185, Feb 2008)
provides a new gateway into the campus as well as cleverly dealing with site levels and juxtapositions of differing uses on a tight site. The buildings acts as a series of connecting yet disparate spaces which allow for flexible use and include 24hour study centre, 300 seat dining hall, a flexible events space, bars and retail spaces providing a vibrant environment for students and staff alike. The split section provides a series of terraces which link into key social spaces.

Faculty of Arts Building 

Faculty of Arts Building

 Faculty of Arts Building

New flexible studio spaces which provide a variety of accommodation for the arts faculty on a limited budget. Materials are robust, well put together and reflect the college’s needs for affordable solutions.

The University expansion continues with architecture plb’s recently been commissioned to design a 490-bed managed student housing scheme at West Hill Green in conjunction with Geoffrey Osborne’s.

 

 

 

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Education Knowledge Community update

The Higher Education Research page of the RIBA Knowledge Community is now under development. This will contain:

  • links to information sources
  • documents relating to current issues under debate in the HEDQF
  • Background information for forthcoming events
  • outputs from previous HEDQF events.

Contact details for organisations involved in research into HE design issues

http://www.riba-knowledgecommunities.com

Future Meetings in 2011 (provisional)

UEL Stratford - 27 Jan 
Manchester - 18 May
Bristol - 14 Jul 
Nottingham University - October date TBC