Campus developments

Our campus masterplan 

Supporting investment to create a progressive and sustainable environment in the heart of our vibrant city.

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 includes work on a new engineering and design facility, a new base for the Faculty of Health comprising inter-professional clinical skills facilities for the University’s allied health professions among others.

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

Derriford Research Facility

The prestigious £17 million facility was officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal in 2018.

The 2,300 square metre building is the University's life-changing medical research facility and is located at Plymouth Science Park, and next to Derriford Hospital.

From brain tumours to vaccines, tissue regeneration to hepatitis, antibiotic resistance to innovative new cancer drugs, the centre brings together all of the University’s lab-based medical, biomedical and dental research to focus on the development of new therapeutics, diagnostics, interventions and approaches to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases, enhance patient outcomes and improve global healthcare.


Marine Station

A landmark sustainable teaching and research facility on the shores of Plymouth Sound between the National Marine Aquarium and Queen Anne’s Battery. The Marine Station opened in 2014 as the University’s base for marine expeditions including a wet lab, seawater aquarium and academic diving centre.


The House

Unveiled in September 2014, The House is our new performing arts centre. The embodiment of Plymouth's growing reputation for artistic innovation and excellence, it’s also a great example of best practice in sustainable building design and creates outstanding student and community opportunities.

Marine Building

Opened in October 2012, our Marine Building is an unmatched facility where we can create waves more than one metre high, exchange knowledge for business innovation and growth, create renewable energy solutions and help the world adapt to climate change. It’s home to the Coastal Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratories, the Marine Navigation Centre, the Marine Innovation Centre and our multidisciplinary Marine Institute. Features that make use of solar gain, natural ventilation and rainwater harvesting are all integrated into the design.


Rolle Building

Completed in 2008, the Rolle Building development to the west of the campus provides quality academic space and purpose-built facilities for the Plymouth Institute of Education. It also brought about 500 new student bedrooms in the Francis Drake Halls of Residence, a café and refurbishment of the existing Mary Newman building.


Roland Levinsky Building

In 2007, our prestigious flagship Roland Levinsky Building welcomed students, staff and visitors inside for the first time. With forward-looking teaching spaces, a new home for the Faculty of Arts and The Arts Institute, it’s a striking focal point for the University and city alike. Facilities include a cinema, lecture theatres, a gallery, restaurant, office space, general teaching areas and facilities for graphics, fine arts, 3D design, and architecture.

The 12,711 square meter building was part-funded by the EC's European Regional Development Fund and South West Regional Development Agency. Concept designers for the project were Danish architects, Henning Larsens Tegnestue, based in Copenhagen. Executive architects were Building Design Partnership, from the practice's Bristol office, who progressed the concept design through to completion.

The building is dedicated to the late Professor Roland Levinsky, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Plymouth.