The challenge was to create a new campus on a green field site, based on the same principles and values as the adjacent original campus which dates from the 1960s, in a way that made a coherent whole.
The landscape setting and the theme of integration of activities were the key, and BDP’s superb masterplan has achieved this, with splendid buildings that interrelate and sit sympathetically in the landscape. Students who live on Heslington East, staff who work there, and all our visitors are enthused.
The star building of the constellation is the Ron Cooke Hub, where research, teaching, social and business activities co-exist. The building has caused great excitement from within and outside the University in the way it fosters collaborations – its atmosphere is truly electric.
Architecture is supposed to surprise and delight – and this place does. It is not only the University and our stakeholders and partners who feel this way, as Heslington East has won three design awards already – the most recent being a RIBA award 2011.