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Heart of Campus, Nottingham Trent University

A much-needed centre for the campus

Credit: Martine Hamilton Knight

Evans Vettori Architects for Nottingham Trent University

Contract value: £13.2m

GIA: 4,174.00 m²

RIBA East Midlands Client of the Year Award


Sitting at the centre of Nottingham Trent University's Clifton campus, this scheme has given dignity and presence to this previously incoherent 1960s site. The new social heart (the Pavilion, plus radically refurbished dining hall) has been augmented with a new teaching building set at right angles, defining a triangular Plaza. This provides a much-needed centre for the campus. The Pavilion is raised on a covered south-facing plinth with views across the plaza, and pre-cast concrete vaults are used for the roof to provide rhythm and thermal mass.

  • Credit: Martine Hamilton Knight
  • Credit: Martine Hamilton Knight
  • Credit: Martine Hamilton Knight
  • Credit: Martine Hamilton Knight

The Pavilion building provides a generous, light and airy ‘heart space’ offset by intimate study pods that punctuate the glass facade. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively by the whole area. The teaching block provides a range of lecture theatres and seminar spaces for different teaching styles. Particularly commended are the approach to sustainability and engagement with students.

See the other winners of the RIBA Regional Awards 2016 – East Midlands


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