Places & spaces: October 2020

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

University of Reading

University of Reading

A global creative media and film hub could be built in Reading, if plans are given the go-ahead.
The proposal for a new TV studio at Cine Valley on the Thames Valley Science Park has been put forward by the University of Reading. If it is given the green light, the studio could be up and running as soon as early 2021, hosting a range of popular TV shows and accommodating the latest technology.

John Gibbs, head of school for film, theatre and television, said: “As part of the Cine Valley development, we will look to develop a pipeline of local talent, which will include training in many aspects of the film and television industry. This will help to ensure that production and talent aren’t lost overseas and the UK will remain at the forefront of the creative and technology industries.”


University of the Arts London

The University of the Arts London is set to get a state-of-the-art headquarters in Elephant and Castle. It will form part of the redevelopment of UAL’s London College of Communication campus and will retain the college’s strong connections with the local community, with public areas including a café and exhibitions spaces.

Architectural studio Penoyre & Prasad won a prestigious design competition to fit-out the new 35,000m2 building, with its people-centred vision featuring super-flexible design enriched by state-of-the-art technology and pioneering teaching and learning spaces.

Natalie Brett, head of London College of Communication and pro vice-chancellor of University of the Arts London, said:

“We were incredibly impressed with Penoyre & Prasad’s competition submission and unanimous in our decision to select them to work with us to design our new home. We were particularly impressed with Penoyre & Prasad’s understanding of the college and local area, and their attempts to understand a ‘day in the life’ of the building users – including students, staff, and members of the public.”


ARU Peterborough

Work has begun on the creation of Peterborough’s new university.

MCW architects have submitted plans for the first phase of the new campus which, it is hoped, will begin welcoming students in 2022.

Anglia Ruskin (ARU) is the official higher education partner for the £30m university, and will be responsible for delivering the curriculum and student recruitment. The new university will be known as ARU Peterborough until 2028.

The initial intake will be 2,000 students, but the ambition is to offer courses for up to 12,500 by 2030. Courses will cover business and innovation; creative, digital arts and sciences; agriculture and environment; and health and education. Face-to-face learning will be combined with work-based learning, and there will be a high number of degree apprenticeships, according to Anglia Ruskin vice-chancellor Roderick Watkins.

ARU Peterborough has been a 20-year ambition for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, working in partnership with Peterborough City Council.


Lancaster University

The first phase of a landmark health innovation hub at Lancaster University has been completed.

The £41m Health Innovation Campus has been created to encourage collaboration. It will not only house the university’s medical school and health research division but also offer space to external organisations, with the aim of giving them the opportunity to draw upon the university’s expertise.

As well as offices, teaching rooms and shared workspace facilities, the new building features various meeting rooms and event spaces – including a dedicated innovation lab and business lounge, and an on-site café.

Covid-19 restrictions mean the planned opening for many staff and co-locating businesses has been delayed. However, some teaching is taking place in the new building – with other activities coming on-line as circumstances allow and as restrictions are lifted. A regular programme of events will see members of the HIC community invited to attend and discuss health challenges and potential solutions.


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