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Campus Masterplan

Illustration for Campus Masterplan

"An excellent environment in which to live and learn."

The University is embarking on a renewed vision of our campus.

The plan

The Campus Masterplan provides a framework for how we view, use and develop our campus of the future. The different Masterplan phases will take us through a journey lasting 15- 20 years and will deliver:

  • High quality research space – that inspires and facilitates great collaborative research, and attracts and retains world-leading researchers.
  • Teaching focused learning environments – that supports our innovative approach to teaching and learning and motivates our students to achieve their best.
  • A vibrant community – that delivers a great student experience through investment in high quality social/leisure facilities and new college accommodation.
  • Sustainability – a flexible campus that adapts to meet future demands, is a positive contribution to the community and reduces our carbon footprint.
  • Efficiency and effectiveness – with clearer branding, wayfinding, pathways and linkages across the entire campus, and effective clustering of Departments and Supports Services to improve service and efficiencies.
  • Engaging vistas and routes – including high quality gateways, public spaces and eye level facades that have clear front doors and more active ground floors.

A vision for the future

We are working with Make, an innovative and world renowned architectural practice who understand the context and challenges of the University. Plans will be sympathetic to our culture and recognise the importance of our heritage buildings including Heslington Hall, King's Manor, Central Hall, the Morrell Library and our CLASP architecture.

The Masterplan Framework views our campus as a city-like neighbourhood with a broad mixture of social, residential and academic places and spaces. Our vision seeks to reimagine our campus whilst staying true to the principles of our original masterplan concept of routes, walkways and defined spaces.

Phase one plans include:

  • Moving Management and Politics to the Smith and Nephew building on the Science Park. Sociology will join Law in their building
  • Scenario planning for improvements to other academic spaces and the location of professional services remains high on the agenda
  • Planning and SRA are working to identify areas of potential strategic growth for academic departments over the next ten years in order to ensure planning for new spaces and/or refurbishment of existing spaces is optimised chronologically
  • Commissioning new residencies on Campus East creating approximately 1,200 new bed spaces integrating study, social, catering and community needs of students
  • Exploring options for a multi-story car parks on campus
  • Generating ideas for the creation of a community hub for students through consultation and demonstrations of campus plan framework principles via exhibition in Library (similar to exercise undertaken to evaluate potential uses of Greg's Place).
  • Articulating the aim of linking Campus East with Campus West - inviting ideas on how to achieve this.‌