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Universities and Higher Education Buildings Working together “Nicholas Hare Architects have been inspirational to work with. They have consulted end users widely but with a clear focus, championed new ideas, fostered collaborative working and built enthusiasm and ownership for the project.” Dr Mike Rands, Director, Cambridge Conservation Initiative Nicholas Hare Architects is an award-winning design practice. We enjoy working collaboratively to create exemplary architecture: buildings that create a sense of place, that are sustainable both environmentally and socially, and that achieve good value for our clients through rigorous attention to detail. Working together requires understanding and a broad-minded approach. Achieving excellence requires clarity, imagination and the relentless pursuit of quality. Our strength stems from a combination of energy and inventiveness, with a professional sense of responsibility towards our clients. Many clients value what we do highly

enough to come back to us again and again. Our record of second and third commissions, and more, is testimony to the care we devote to responding to the real needs of our clients. Our work is not limited by sectors. We bring design flair and experience to new challenges, creating invigorating solutions that are responsive to site, brief, and aspirations. Most of our commissions have come through recommendations from previous clients, and our reputation has been enhanced by success in architectural competitions. The quality of our work has been widely acknowledged through the many design awards and commendations we receive year on year. The success of our collaborative approach has led to many positive endorsements from clients, consultants, partners and end users. Delivering design quality “The palette and detailing give a real feeling of quality and ageless design, creating a robust legacy for future generations.” Civic Trust Awards Delivering design quality Alison

Richard Building University of Cambridge This award-winning building serves as a gateway to the architecturally famous Sidgwick site on West Road and brings together a number of different research groups, the new Department of Politics and International Studies and Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. The central atrium acts as a reception area for distinguished visitors as well as a hub for conferences and academic collaboration. The building achieved an Excellent BREEAM rating and received a Commendation at the Civic Trust Awards. “I have never known a building meet with such unalloyed approval. Both beautiful and functional! From start to finish the team has been terrific and deserve every congratulation.” Professor William Brown, University of Cambridge “The best library in Cambridge - a hidden gem” Cambridge Alumni Magazine Delivering design quality The James Dyson Building Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge The new

research building for the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge is located on an existing car-park between the department’s imposing and ground-breaking 1950s Baker Building and the Royal Cambridge Hotel. The building houses a variety of engineering research groups in a state-of-the-art facility. The department had high aspirations for a low-energy, low carbon building that reflected the innovative work that goes on in the department while also radically reducing energy and life-cycle costs. The building is a prominent new entity on the busy Fen Causeway that leads into Cambridge and serves to strengthen the identity and presence of the department. The project also provides an opportunity for the researchers within the department to showcase their work and to use the fabric of the new building itself to further their research. “This new space for Britain’s best engineers at the University of Cambridge will catalyse great technological breakthroughs that

transform how we live.” Sir James Dyson Delivering design quality Richard Doll Building University of Oxford The Trials and Epidemiology units at Oxford have grown from the pioneering cancer research work of Sir Richard Doll. The building provides research laboratories, a lecture theatre and offices facing into the atrium spaces. The two atria act as places of social – and intellectual – interaction at the centre of this world-class facility. The project won an RIBA Award. “Immediately apparent is the high standard of design and execution and the willingness of clients to build forwardlooking, optimistic environments that intentionally stimulate and encourage the research community.” Architecture Today New Arts Building Canterbury Christ Church University The new Arts Building responds to Canterbury Christ Church’s significant estate development aims: to ensure the continued delivery of outstanding higher education and research into the future, and to

safeguard the University’s economic and social contribution to the region. The University is actively creating new courses that respond to the skills needed in the creative industries – a significant area of economic growth in the region. Situated on the North Holmes Campus, the new Arts Building will strategically co-locate the University’s new programmes in media and illustration together with relocated courses in photography, digital design and commercial music. The site, situated at the centre of a cluster of existing facilities for music, performing arts, media, film, radio and television, will enable the new Arts Building to become a shared hub for the activities of the School of Media, Art and Design and the School of Music and Performing Arts. The design of the new building reveres and responds to its setting within the buffer zone of the Canterbury World Heritage Site and the precinct of St Augustine’s Abbey, a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The building will help

illustrate the rich history of the World Heritage Site to students, staff and visitors through internal design features and the design of the external landscaping. Archaeological remains of special significance lie within the site, some at relatively shallow depth. The building and its associated infrastructure are therefore designed to have as little impact as possible on them. Vestiges of the Abbey precinct wall discovered during preliminary investigations will be revealed and celebrated inside the new building. The Training Hall The Arena The Cricket Centre The Health Hub The Riverside Building The Severn Campus University of Worcester The University’s intention is to create a new ‘Severn Campus’ which will be the home of the International Centre for Inclusive Sport, Physical Activity and Health. The first stage in this was the opening of the University of Worcester Arena in 2013. The Arena has proved enormously successful, being intensively used by members of the

University and the wider public, and hosting a number of tournaments, including ones for international wheelchair sports. The Project consists essentially of three new buildings: the International Centre for Inclusive Cricket, a new Training Hall mainly for basketball and netball, and a new Health Hub containing therapeutic, educational and communal facilities. These are to be united as far as possible with each other and with the Arena to form a nexus for inclusive sport and health. In addition, the overall brief includes exploring the possibility of locating up to 300 car parking spaces on the site. The University aims to maximise the development potential of the site, turning it into a vibrant new campus. The major higher educational work carried out on this new campus will be in the fields of health and sport science. The facilities will be highly inclusive by design and will provide outstanding opportunities for community as well as University use. The proposal is to range the

three buildings along the west side of the site, thereby creating a central green space which will act as a focus for the whole campus. The three buildings are linked by a covered boardwalk that overlooks the central space. The boardwalk is linked by a level path to the road on the west that leads to the University’s St John’s campus. Gentle ramps and glass lifts will link it to the central green. At its south end it is enclosed to form a glazed link between the Arena building and the Training Hall behind it. Creative reinvention “A building of real quality, setting a high standard for others to follow within the city centre.” Civic Trust Awards Creative reinvention The David Attenborough Building University of Cambridge The David Attenborough Building is an iconic brutalist building designed by Arup Associates in the 1960s which has been re-invented as a multi-disciplinary academic and research conservation campus. It provides a vibrant centre for the Cambridge

Conservation Initiative (a partnership between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focused biodiversity conservation organisations) and transforms the world-class academic collections of the Museum of Zoology into an exciting destination for the public. The project pioneered an innovative bespoke Sustainability Framework which reaches beyond BREEAM by setting ambitious project specific targets across 10 headline themes and 50 subthemes. These targets were developed in a series of workshops with building users and the University and now form part of a post-occupancy operational action plan. “Nicholas Hare Architects have been inspirational to work with. They have consulted end users widely but with a clear focus, championed new ideas, fostered collaborative working and built enthusiasm and ownership for the project.” Dr Mike Rands, Director Cambridge Conservation Initiative Creative reinvention Education and Simulation Centre Royal College of Surgeons of

England We designed the new state-of-the-art surgical skills facility for the Royal College of Surgeons in England. The project involved extensive modification and addition to the fine nineteenth century building on the south side of Lincoln’s Inn Fields which had been bombed, then partly rebuilt in the 1950s. The highly-serviced building contains a surgical workshop with 9 operating tables, a clinical skills centre (the Wolfson Surgical Skills Centre), seminar rooms and a small lecture theatre. The new surgical skills workshop enables the 12,000 surgeons who annually take RCS courses to access handson experience in new and existing surgical procedures under expert guidance. “The opening of this new centre marks a change in the way we teach surgery in this country.” Bernard Ribeiro, President, Royal College of Surgeons Creative reinvention Dyson Centre for Engineering Design University of Cambridge The project was funded in part through a generous donation from the

James Dyson Foundation and involved the re-modelling of one of the Department of Engineering’s existing workshop spaces. The new facility includes a Bio-inspired Robotics Laboratory as well as flexible, open plan space capable of accommodating a variety of practical design and workshop-based undergraduate activities. “Academic rigour must meet with practical invention. The Dyson Centre for Engineering Design and The James Dyson Building bridge the gap, encouraging engineers to apply their minds to creatively experiment and try new things.” Dame Ann Dowling CBE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering 36 Creative reinvention Education Centre Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists The Education Centre is dedicated to vocational training and continuing professional development. It is attached to the main college buildings in Regent’s Park and located below ground to preserve the existing garden. Two levels of seminar and surgical demonstration rooms are

arranged around the central atrium, where an acrylic cone surrounded by a ring of water in the garden above lets in daylight. A 230-seat lecture theatre sits beneath the garden. Its two-storey foyer links to the main stair of the existing building at basement level. The project won a Civic Trust Award and the Concrete Society’s overall award for outstanding structure. “This is a delightful building, brilliantly executed and without pretension or fuss. It makes good use of the available space, and concrete was the natural choice of construction material.” Concrete Society Award judges Creative reinvention The Florey Building University of Oxford We were shortlisted from an open competition to refurbish and expand the student accommodation provision at James Stirling’s listed Florey Building in Oxford. Completed in 1971, the Florey Building is regarded as one of the great post-war modernist buildings in Britain, and the brief called for modern facilities and exemplary

energy design. As well as providing new ensuites to each of the existing student rooms, and creating good internal comfort conditions through sensitively overhauling the external building fabric, our design proposes new social and conference facilities and the insertion of a slender new building, a ‘campanile’, sitting adjacent to the Florey’s bold flowing form. “Nicholas Hare Architects are a highly seasoned team who are in their prime.” Malcolm Reading Consultants, competition organisers Understanding the student experience “I can think of no better partner than this inspiring and approachable group of architects.” Elly Tobin, Principal, JCC Understanding the student experience New Student Centre University College London We are leading the design of the New Student Centre for University College London, which forms part of a major transformation planned for the London university. UCL is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary universities, with a

global reputation for excellence. The flagship building will reinforce UCL’s commitment to creating the most exciting university in the world at which to study and work. The building will provide a progressive and flexible environment that enhances the lives of students and supports their needs and learning in the heart of the Bloomsbury campus. The New Student Centre will be built on the last piece of undeveloped land on Gordon Street, adjacent to The Bloomsbury Theatre. The building will be designed to achieve exemplary sustainability targets and is expected to open in autumn 2018. “The New Student Centre will realise UCL’s ambition to create a truly student focused building providing an exceptional environment for informal learning together with student support services. UCL is delighted to be working with Nicholas Hare Architects who have an exceptional track record of designing very high quality and inspiring buildings.” Andrew Grainger, Director of UCL Estates

Understanding the student experience Student Services Centre University of Southampton The RIBA Award winning Centre provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for the student services centre at the University’s Highfield Campus. The building is naturally ventilated and uses the thermal mass of the structure to assist in cooling. Photovoltaic cells on the atrium roof provide solar power and return energy to the grid. Rainwater is harvested and artificial lighting minimised. The atrium links the new offices to the original administration building. It provides a generous entrance and collecting place for students. “Not only did your team finish off the new building in some style, and on time, but they also completed the double, with the addition of a tricky refurbishment on the ground floor of the old building, successfully linking it with the new atrium, and continuing the style of the new into the old, with economy and imagination.” John Brightwell, Client Representative

Understanding the student experience UCL Olympicopolis Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London UCL East is a key part of the ‘Olympicopolis’ cultural and educational district which also involves the Victoria and Albert Museum, University of the Arts London and Sadler’s Wells. We have worked with LDA Design to develop a masterplan that will realise UCL’s vision to create a university campus of the future, with world class facilities designed to enhance collaboration and cross-disciplinary exchange. The project aims to break down conventional barriers between research, education, innovation and public engagement creating an innovative centre for learning. “UCL East will be another glittering jewel in the world class constellation of intellectual and cultural riches taking shape in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.” Boris Johnson, Mayor of London left & below: Images courtesy of LDA Design Student Residences Student Residences Collège Doctoral Européen

Université de Strasbourg We won an invited design competition to create new facilities to support European doctoral students studying at Strasbourg’s three universities. Set on one of Strasbourg’s main boulevards, the site sits between public housing blocks and large twentieth century university buildings overlooking the city’s botanic garden. The dramatic building provides new accommodation for 105 students as well as social, teaching and administrative spaces. In addition, the brief called for a striking building with an inviting interior that contains generous common rooms, a library and an interior garden. “Nicholas Hare Architects have built a unique structure that both connects to its surroundings and provides a striking identity for the college of European doctoral students.” Interiors and Sources Student Residences University Court University of Worcester Nicholas Hare Architects were selected by the University of Worcester to act as masterplanners and

architects for a new student residential development on the western edge of the City of Worcester. The scheme will provide 1,550 new undergraduate and post-graduate rooms, which will be supported by a student hub building and complemented by two academic buildings. In addition there will be car parking, bicycle parking and extensive landscape and infrastructure work. The project reflects the University’s vision for a highly inclusive, accessible and sustainable ‘home from home’ for students. The University’s aspiration is for the first phase of development to be complete for the 2019–20 academic year. A masterplan has been produced for the whole site, and the first phase design has been taken to RIBA stage 3. Inclusion and accessibility are key parts of the brief. For instance, each room is wheelchair accessible and each flat has one fully accessible room; each floor has an accessible toilet for visitors and each main building has twin lifts. Wider aspects of inclusion are

exemplified by the design of the landscaping to help wayfinding for those with impaired sight. One of the prime intentions has been to establish a strong sense of the identity of the campus as a place where students can feel they belong and in which they can take pride. This is helped by designing the layout so that it can be easily understood as a single place and preferably a memorable one. This has led to the basic arrangement of the student halls around a grand, green oval-shaped space, defining the primary identity of the campus. “Nicholas Hare Architects’ response demonstrated careful consideration of how a scheme of this scale and complexity will be implemented.” University of Worcester Student Residences Egrove Site University of Oxford We were appointed by the University of Oxford to explore the possibility of adding to the Templeton College buildings to produce a high-quality conference centre, which could be used by the university as well as others. This

quick design exercise enabled the University to obtain outline planning permission for the site with a significantly increased footprint allowance. NICHOLAS HARE ARCHITECTS LLP Egrove Site, Oxford Sketch Landscape Plan Scale: 1:500@A2 Student Residences Pembroke College University of Oxford Nicholas hare Architects were invited to take part in a limited competition to design a building that would provide approximately 120 student rooms as well as a lecture theatre, flexible seminar space and on-site car-parking. The site was complex and constrained, accessed from the main college building by a bridge across Brewer Street and occupying a pocket of land in the centre of the block. Our proposals sought to establish a proper sense of place and identity for this new part of the college by forming a new quadrangle at its heart, to fit as many rooms onto the site as possible and to make it enjoyable and convenient to move between the parts of the building, with a good sense of

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