Students and staff from Northumbria’s flagship Architecture programmes have started to move in to their new, purpose-built studios.
Located at Northumbria’s City Campus in the heart of Newcastle, this ambitious and innovative extension of the University’s historic Grade II listed Sutherland Building has been designed by renowned architects Page/Park.
Winners of more than 150 national and international awards, Page\Park liaised closely with Northumbria’s Architecture team to ensure the building’s design was specifically tailored to how students and staff work – creating a world-class home for an outstanding programme.
The intelligent and sympathetic design knits together the existing, historic Sutherland Building, with innovative, light-filled, and flexible studio spaces that will ensure the very highest student experience for Northumbria’s outstanding students for many years to come.
Damon Kent, Northumbria’s Director of Campus Services, has overseen the development and delivery of this transformative and ambitious undertaking – blending the grandeur of the listed Sutherland Building with contemporary and innovative new teaching studios.
He said: “The project is the last major delivery of the Estate Plan 2013-18 and it is fantastically fitting to see the establishment of ‘A New Home for Architecture’.
“Sitting within one of the University’s most iconic and historically significant buildings, our Architecture students now have access to a modern, vibrant and collaborative learning environment that will enhance the reputation of our Architecture programmes.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in delivering the project, both inside and outside the University for their hard work. The building is testament to their dedication to provide world-class facilities for our students.”
Dr Simon Robson, Head of Department for Architecture & the Built Environment, at Northumbria, said the combination of world-leading academic programmes in world-class space puts the University in an enviable position in the sector.
“The University takes great pride in its flagship architecture and interior architecture programmes,” he said. “We are now excited to match the excellence of our architecture degrees, students and staff with world leading teaching spaces.
“The new accommodation integrates the grandeur of the listed Sutherland Building with modern teaching studios. This Page \ Park scheme will place Northumbria’s Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the vanguard of architectural education in the UK.”