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Architecture Studios

A new, world-class home for Northumbria’s flagship Architecture degrees.

Work is currently underway to create new, purpose-built Architecture studios at Northumbria’s City Campus in the heart of Newcastle in an ambitious extension of the University’s historic Grade II listed Sutherland Building.

Recognised by external examiners as being among the best in the UK, Architecture at Northumbria has an international reputation for excellence. Northumbria is ranked Top 15 in the UK in the Guardian University League Tables 2019, with the department of Architecture and Built Environment rated in the top 200 in the 2017 QS World University Rankings.

The new studios have been designed by Page\Park Architects – winners of more than 150 national and international awards – who have liaised closely with Northumbria’s world-leading architecture staff and students on the proposal. Planning permission and listed building consent for this exciting project was granted in summer 2017, with Durham-based Esh Group construction leading the build. The new studios will feature over 1400m2 of studio space, a new student hub, and academic staff offices, with work due to complete in 2019.

Engineering and Environment, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), Dr Simon Robson said: “This is an ambitious project to create a new home for our outstanding architecture degree programmes. Page\Park have designed a transformative scheme, blending the grandeur of the listed Sutherland Building entrance with modern teaching studios at the rear. The combination of world-leading academic programmes in world-leading accommodation will place Northumbria’s Architecture and Built Environment Department in an enviable position in the sector.’

Professor Ruth Dalton, Head of Department for Architecture and Built Environment, said: “Page\Park Architects have produced an intelligent and sensitive scheme, knitting together the existing, historic Sutherland Building, with innovative, light-filled, flexible and stimulating studio spaces that will ensure the very highest student experience for our students for years to come.”

Page\Park is a progressive employee-owned architecture practice committed to making a positive contribution to our built environment. Established in 1981, Page\Park has built a reputation for inventive contemporary architecture that stems from an understanding of history, people and place. Its accolades include winning the Carbon Trust Award in Scotland twice, and being shortlisted for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture four times, winning once in 2006 for the Maggie's Centre Highlands and receiving a Special Commendation in 2010 for the McManus Galleries.

Marianne Partyka, at Page\Park Architects, said: “Page\Park are excited to be working with Northumbria University on the proposed alterations and extension to the Category II Listed Sutherland Building.  The project will provide a new home for the Architecture and Built Environment department, providing studio and teaching space over two levels, transforming the ‘industrial’ courtyard to the rear of the building. 

The project creates exciting new connections between the existing 1887 building by Dunn, Hansom and Dunn and the new studio extension, in the form of a new internal atrium and an external stepped terrace.

In the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (Research Excellence Framework 2014), nearly half of Northumbria’s research outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent. The University is ranked top in the North East for sustained employment for Architecture graduates, both one and three years after graduation. Northumbria is also the highest-ranking university in the North East for both male and female earnings in Architecture, Building & Planning one year, three years and five years after graduation. The Department of Architecture and Built Environment also has an excellent reputation for live student-industry projects, including the recent Land of Oak and Iron Centre in Gateshead and the proposed Angel of the North Visitors Centre. Our staff and students are also working around on the world on international partnerships and collaborations in the likes of Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

Dr Oliver Jones, Programme Leader for Architecture, said: “The new space created will only serve to further enhance the international reputation of Architecture at Northumbria for providing an exemplary learning and teaching experience, it will ensure Northumbria remains at the forefront of architectural education within the UK.”    

The University’s Architecture and Built Environment academics are key founders and active members of the award-winning BIM Academy Enterprises (Ltd), a unique joint venture with Ryder Architecture Ltd, which was recently shortlisted for the Most Innovative Contribution to Business - University Collaboration category in the Times Higher Education awards 2017. BIM Academy has worked on a number of high-profile projects in the UK and Europe, Middle East, Far East and Australasia. Its high-profile projects include the Sydney Opera House and the M+ Museum in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

The Architecture Studios are due for completion in 2019.

Sutherland Building's Historic staircase temporarily closed for summer works

The historic Great stair in Sutherland has now closed for the summer while essential building work takes place to create new studios for our Architecture and the Built Environment department. 

he temporary closure of Sutherland’s main staircase will allow contractors to connect the existing building with the contemporary studios and new external spaces. This will fully integrate old and new and create a new access route from the main entrance in Sutherland Building, facing Northumberland Road, through three large doorways into the studios.

In order to minimise disruption to our students, staff and visitors, the most intrusive work has always been planned for the summer months. By the end of this week, the temporary hoarding around the main staircase in Sutherland will be completed and construction work will begin behind the scenes.

This temporary closure is essential for the next phase of the project and will prevent dust and debris from construction entering the rest of the building. Construction work within buildings of significant historic interest can be challenging, but the University is doing everything it can to minimise disruption for our staff, students and visitors. Once complete, the Sutherland extension will provide a new world-class home for our Architecture and Built Environment staff and students, while further enhancing one of our most historic and prestigious campus buildings. The studios are expected to be complete in early 2019.

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