Teesside’s curve appeal

The Curve, Teesside University’s iconic new £20m flagship learning and teaching building has opened its doors to students

Designed by architects Austin-Smith:Lord from their Liverpool studio, the state-of-the-art, four-storey building features social learning spaces, multi-purpose areas for reception, events and exhibitions, general purpose teaching rooms and a large auditorium lecture theatre.

The Curve forms part of Austin-Smith:Lord’s design of a £30m newly-pedestrianised Campus Heart, including extensive public realm, public art and lighting.

The new plan not only provides a safer environment but also features ‘gateways’ that define the boundaries of the Campus and routes which lead to the Campus Heart where the Curve is located. The Curve provides 1,476sq m of flexible space, including a roof terrace and a floating auditorium.

Plans were submitted in June 2013, following a public competition won by Austin-Smith:Lord and work began on site in 2014.

Mike Yates, Director of Austin-Smith:Lord said: “The brief from Teesside University was bold and Austin-Smith:Lord are proud to have been involved in the project. Architecture is vital to realising a client’s wider ambitions and the team at Teesside embraced this philosophy.

The new building is about more than just upgrading the facilities, it has a strategic purpose to raise the profile of the University, and project its aspirations and values by providing an exemplary environment for students and staff. The Curve provides a physical and symbolic embodiment of Teesside University’s ethos to be a leader in higher education

The Curve is a multi-functional building, designed to accommodate both collaborative teaching in a round table format and conventional lecture-style, or alternative set-ups as required. From the choice of furniture to the way the building flows, flexibility and interactivity are promoted.  

“The Curve and Campus Heart signal an exciting new chapter for Teesside University, providing state-of-the-art learning and teaching facilities as well as an environment for students, stakeholders and the whole community to be proud of,” said Malcom Page, Chief Operating Officer, of Teesside University.


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