University of Wales, Newport – City Campus

May 25, 2011 Filed under: 2010s, Education by Sanna Fisher-Payne 4 comments

Placed 9th in the Placebook vote of favourite buildings by BDP
Newport has an "inspirational home for both students and academics" says Liz Walder, Director of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales

The planning of the building is very well considered and fluidly knits together considerably diverse uses in a positive manner. As is increasingly usual in academic buildings public access in the form of commercial revenue earning usage needed to be considered. The architects solved this by locating a more public internal street at the ground level which also allows access into the auditorium and performing spaces.

Material choices are simple and assist with legibility to the three distinct vertical zones of the building. The plateau and atrium are glazed; the upper level studios are wrapped in horizontally seamed black zinc; the Hot House is clad in mustard yellow random patterned wooden battens; the over-arching roof is lined in Oregon pine battens.

This building is an inspirational home for both students and academics and this is supported by the incredibly enthusiastic client team. Moving around the building the views both internally and externally were continually stimulating.


Liz Walder became Director of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales in 2008, having worked as communications manager at the RIBA in London.