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Campus Masterplan

Illustration for Campus Masterplan

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

The principles

The Campus Masterplan provides a framework for how we view, use and develop our campus for the future. The different Masterplan phases will take us through a journey lasting 21 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 and leisure facilities and new college accommodation.
  • Sustainability and accessibility – a flexible and inclusive campus that adapts to meet future demands, is a positive contribution to the community and reduces our carbon footprint.
  • Efficiency and effectiveness – clearer branding, wayfinding and routes into and around the entire campus, and effective clustering of Departments and Supports Services to provide a collaborative service.
  • Engaging vistas and routes – including high quality entry points, public spaces and eye level facades that have clear front doors and more dynamic ground floor spaces.

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 - 2018-2024:

  • Moving York Management School to the former Smith and Nephew building on the Science Park. The Department of Sociology will join York Law School in the former Law and Management Building.
  • Continuing the program to identify spaces for improvement to enhance the teaching, learning and research experience.
  • Exploring the opportunity for new student residences on Campus East creating around 1,400 new beds with integrated spaces to meet the study, social, catering and community needs of students.
  • Exploring how people travel to and around campus, including reviewing our car parking strategy on campus.
  • Generating ideas for the creation of a community hub for students through consultation and demonstrations of campus plan framework principles.
  • Articulating the aim of linking Campus East with Campus West and inviting ideas on how to achieve this.
  • Balancing the conservation of the original campus design while managing and enhancing the landscape for the future of the University. Part of Campus West has recently been designated a Grade II Registered Park and Garden by Historic England. The listing recognises that Campus West “successfully integrates a series of buildings within a carefully designed landscape”.
  • Exploring potential sites an improved campus nursery.
  • Engaging with the local communities and our city.
  • Advanced Structural Imaging Facility (ASIF).
  • Energy centre.
  • Hull York Medical School (York Campus) remodeling to accommodate more students and creating a collaborative working and learning environment.
  • Refurbishment of the iconic and Grade II listed Central Hall building.
  • Reviewing and updating of student accommodation, teaching and learning spaces to improve our students’ experience.
  • Improving our campus for all users by developing landscaping, signage and internal and external routes.