Heart of Campus
ARCHITECT: Evans Vettori Architects
CLIENT: Nottingham Trent University
AWARDS WON: RIBA NATIONAL AWARD 2016
riba EAST MIDLANDS award 2016,
RIBA East Midlands Client of the Year 2016 (Nottingham trent university)
Sitting at the centre of Nottingham Trent University's Clifton campus, the scheme has created a new identity for this eclectic site that sets the benchmark for new developments. The brief called for the modernisation of worn-out 1960s teaching buildings on an incoherent site, with new state-of-the-art spaces. The new social heart (The Pavilion) has been augmented with a new teaching building set at right angles and - along with the existing lecture theatre building - a triangular Plaza has been created. This defines a much-needed centre to the campus, and provides some coherence.
The pavilion is raised up on a covered south-facing plinth, with views across the plaza and pre-cast concrete vaults are used for the roof to provide thermal mass and a sense of permanence. The building provides a generous, light and airy ‘heart space’ offset by intimate study pods that punctuate the glass façade. The whole area encourages students to work collaboratively and celebrates the educational vision of the university. Contrasting this is the teaching block which has been pared back to take the majority of circulation and crush space externally. Internally it provides a range of lecture theatres and seminar spaces to support a variety of teaching styles while natural light, carefully filtered through its brick fretwork façades, animates these spaces.
The approach to sustainability and the engagement and involvement of students in the design and construction process are particularly commended.
Quantity Surveyors: Faithful+Gould and Pulse
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: Curtins
M&E ENGINEERS: Couch Perry Wilkes
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS: Re-Form
INTERNAL AREA: 4,174 SQM
PHOTOGRAPHER: MArtine Hamilton Knight