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University hosts events for Architecture Week

16 June 2006

Architecture is a major interest for the University of Plymouth. Its undergraduate degree course was this month ranked in the top 20 of the Times Good University Guide subject listings, and striking design has been a key element of recent campus developments – including the stunning new arts building which is currently under construction.

Now the University is hosting two events as part of Architecture Week, which runs until 25 June, with Chair of Architecture, Professor Jeremy Gould, leading a tour of Plymouth City Centre and an opportunity for members of the public to tour the university’s library extension, which was short listed for a RIBA new building award. (Full details of both events are provided below)

Professor Jeremy Gould commented: “As the many cranes on campus and in the city centre bear witness, Plymouth is undergoing a massive development programme. The last time this happened was after World War II, when the devastated city centre was redesigned by Sir Patrick Abercrombie. We boast one of the most important examples of 1940s town planning in Britain. This is a fascinating time to take a look at the past in the context of developments for the future. Do join me in taking a closer look at the environment of our city centre which, for most of the time, we just take for granted.”


Press office contacts:
Karen Mason, University of Plymouth, 01752 233788, 
Tim Ruzziconi, RIBA, 01752 265921,

Full event details

Talk & Tour of University of Plymouth
Library – 20 June
Won in limited competition, this project provides new library and learning facilities adjacent and connected to an existing 1970’s library building. As well as providing functional space, the project investigates the nature of learning and libraries, avoiding the building of an office building that happens to house books. The plan organises the old and new fabric around a new atrium volume with quiet and noisy working areas graded away from this space both vertically and horizontally. The main entrance to the library is relocated within a double storey height entrance area, which also mediates between various levels across the site. The section and elevations of the building have been developed to provide a flexible interior which modifies natural light and implies a series of linked reading rooms rather that one open plan space. Individual workspaces are located around the perimeter, with lowered ceilings, angled windows and clerestory lights over. For a booking form call RIBA South West on 01752 265927.

Tour of Plymouth City
Centre – Wednesday 21 June
The city centre of Plymouth is the most important surviving example of 1940s town planning in Britain. It was designed by Sir Patrick Abercrombie and the city engineer, James Paton Watson. Around their grid plan they set an extraordinary assembly of modern architecture designed by the leading British architects of the day. More-or-less these buildings survive and the tour reveals their exceptional quality and the ideas that formed them. The future of the city centre is in the balance and the tour tries to open eyes to the exceptional quality of the place, its problems and its future.

To book contact: Jeremy Gould 01752 233600 or email:

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