Places & spaces: September 2020

Emma Dance explores some of the most eyecatching new campus developments in the UK and beyond

Roc Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Every detail of the new Campusbaan 6 of ROC Nijmegen has been carefully chosen to enhance student wellbeing – right down to the chairs and the colours of the interiors.

As part of a refurbishment project for the Dutch FE/HE institute, Projectum Inrichten B.V. were instructed to create a hybrid learning environment to support innovative teaching methods where students can work on their own or in several groups.

A colour scheme of cool tones such as light blue and green was chosen since these colours have been shown to aid concentration and focus in students.

Interior designer Marloes Miltenburg selected KI’s Hatton chairs for three of the learning spaces, because their design complements the environment perfectly as well as providing functionality and comfort.

Ms Miltenburg commented: “The end result is very beautiful and creates the desired experience and function.

“The full interior design includes customised and flexible furniture as well as beautiful green areas, but still includes the necessary innovative pedagogy concepts.”

Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University is set for a £5m expansion to its City South Campus.

A state-of-the-art training facility is to be created close to the university’s Edgbaston campus, to boost capacity and learning space for students taking up courses at its Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences.

Once completed, it will provide a host of additional teaching space for existing students, as well as creating capacity to train more than 1,000 more public service professionals of the future.

The Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences is the largest trainer of undergraduate nurses in the Midlands, and also offers training for a range of public service careers, including allied health professions and teaching.

Executive dean of the faculty Professor Ian Blair, said: “This is a truly fantastic acquisition for the university and faculty. This could not have come at a better time for the faculty as we continue to expand our student population and curricula offering.”

Leeds University

Plans for an innovative £40m student accommodation scheme in Leeds, specifically designed to help promote good mental health, have been given the green light.

Pickard Properties’ 604-bed scheme at Carlton Hill will feature larger than standard bedrooms and living spaces, and incorporate a series of three-storey sky gardens which provide social and common study spaces for clusters of apartments, as well as an extensive courtyard on the ground floor, creating a mixture of natural interactive spaces. Director of Pickard Properties Miles Pickard said: “We are delighted to be bringing such a forward-thinking scheme to market. It is an intelligent design where affordability and mental health were prime drivers.

“We have worked very closely with Leeds University to ensure the design focused strongly on the mental health and wellbeing of students and encouraged social circulation and interaction throughout the accommodation by the inclusion of carefully planned spaces both within the building and externally.”

Brighton Film School

Students at Brighton Film School could find inspiration for their studies in their living accommodation, if plans for a new student residence are given the go-ahead.

Specialist student living provider Alumno has applied to build a new film-themed development which will be three and four storeys high, accommodating up to 60 students in bespoke accommodation.
The design also includes internal and external communal areas for relaxation and study, ranging from a rooftop winter garden to a lower ground recreational area and study space, along with facilities such as cinema room, laundry room and cycle parking.

“We are particularly pleased to be working with Alumno in offering our students such exceptional accommodation in such a unique and bespoke building,” said Screen and Film School, Brighton principal Iztiar Leighton. “Our students will certainly be inspired by their surroundings, and can be sure of experiencing top-quality facilities in a central Brighton location.”

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