Campus masterplan: re-imagining the next generation campus

A multidimensional campus

From individual to civic impact

Investing in our estate and its environment is vital. Our buildings and spaces support the creation and sharing of knowledge but also the social fabric and wellbeing of everyone – students, staff and visitors. Our Campus Masterplan is supporting investment to create an inspiring, progressive and sustainable environment in the heart of our vibrant city.

Sustaining collaboration 

Our mission is to advance knowledge and transform lives. Our campus must support excellence and enhance collaboration to achieve this. Blending state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities with attractive casual and social spaces the aim is to facilitate creativity and the sharing of ideas and knowledge.

 

Award-winning architects to work on new Engineering and Design facility

The University of Plymouth has appointed an internationally award-winning architectural practice to create an iconic new Engineering and Design facility on the western edge of its main campus.

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has previously won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2008 for housing development Accordia, and two RIBA National Awards in 2019 for its work on the Southbank Centre and Alexandra Palace’s East Wing and Victorian Theatre.

The architects will now work with the University to develop an inspirational and innovative new home for its School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics and additional space for the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

An initial concept design showing an aerial view of how the new Engineering and Design facility could look

Professor Judith Petts CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Plymouth, said:

“The vision of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios – to design outstanding buildings that inspire those who work within them – mirrors our own aspiration for this new facility. It also marks an exciting first step in our long-term campus masterplan, unlocking opportunities to make our whole estate more inviting and inspiring for everyone connected to the University.

“This new facility will create a space where students, researchers and industry come together to develop new ideas that enable society to meet some of its most pressing global challenges. By encouraging innovation in engineering and design, we can be at the forefront of supporting regional and national industrial strategies, now and in the future.”

Tom Jarman, Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, said:

“We are proud to have won the RIBA competition for the University of Plymouth’s Engineering and Design facility with a scheme that will promote creativity, cross-disciplinary collaboration and wellbeing and is in line with our shared sustainable design goals. Our proposals create an open and connected building that will house a wide range of teaching and workshop spaces for the engineering and architecture schools. 

“The scheme retains the 1979 Babbage Building, extending it volumetrically to create a series of interlocking parts. On the upper level, terraces connect visually to the landscape and provide additional outdoor teaching spaces. We are looking forward to developing our plans in close consultation with the University, to deliver a new western gateway at the threshold of the University and the City of Plymouth.”

More than just a building

The facility will involve a dedicated new-build component and refurbishment of the 1970s Babbage Building, creating more than 10,000m² of research and teaching space.

It will combine re-equipped laboratories with modern, state-of-the-art resources that will enable engineering research to underpin the fourth industrial revolution, while creating the attractive environment necessary to attract and retain high-calibre staff and students.

The cutting-edge building will inspire new inter-disciplinary activities in teaching, learning and research, and nurture the innovative graduate engineers demanded by future society.

It will incorporate low carbon technologies, supporting the aims of both the University and company to achieve net zero carbon emissions and promote world-leading sustainability practices.

 

Welcome to Intercity Place 

“This forms an important part of the University’s ambitious estate plans which will transform the campus and reimagine university teaching and research spaces for the 21st century. The station scheme is an important part of these plans and will significantly improve this notable city landmark so that it becomes an exciting gateway into Plymouth. As a new home for allied health professions and nursing/midwifery, this builds on our already strong health credentials by making a significant investment in educating tomorrow’s health professionals for the region and beyond.”

Professor Judith Petts CBE, University of Plymouth Vice-Chancellor

Intercity Place - view from Armada Way

View of southeast corner from new station approach, with gleaming bronze anodised pleated facade

Intercity Place development programme

Our development programme will see the area around Plymouth railway station transformed into a new approach to the city. We plan to change the use of the former Intercity House from offices to teaching, research and social space, with areas to showcase staff and student work. 

First choice for health

Intercity Place will house inter-professional clinical skills facilities for the University’s Allied Health Professions and Nursing/Midwifery as well as additional educational services, enabling staff to be working together in one location to support the future health workforce. The building will be refurbished throughout and the exterior rejuvenated to become a welcoming entrance to Britain's Ocean City.

Transformation in bronze

MICA are delighted to be working with the University of Plymouth on the exciting transformation of a prominent Plymouth landmark. Our design transforms the 10-storey station building with a new gleaming bronze anodised, pleated facade that supports a low energy strategy for the high performing academic building.

Stuart Cade, Director and lead architect at MICA

Project commencement

The project has the backing of the Heart of the SW LEP, Cornwall Council, the Department for Transport and the Cabinet Office, as well as Plymouth City Council, Network Rail and Great Western Railway. 

Upon receipt of planning consent, work on Intercity Place is due to commence in early 2020 and to be completed in 2021.

Read more about the Intercity Place development in the news release, 22 May 2019.

Over the next ten years the University will be significantly investing in its campus to ensure a first-class learning, research and working environment befitting of a leading university.

The Campus Masterplan consists of a number of proposed developments and refurbishments which will be phased over a 10-year period.

Our campus will be designed for teaching, working, living and socialising in the 21st century - nurturing excellence, inspiration and creativity. 

It will be a showcase for the interesting and ground-breaking work that the University undertakes. Work is being planned and resourced in order to begin development which will be carried out in distinct phases over the next ten years.

This will include the development of new teaching, learning, research, social and green spaces, as well as the maintenance and refurbishment of our existing space as we seek to enhance our sense of place and the public realm, improve navigability and promote our leading sustainability values.
 

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