As part of its role in formulating a feasibility study for the newly established institution, the practice identified an entrance building as a key priority for meeting the university's objectives for its campus; creating a sense of place and identity, changing perceptions of the former teaching college and physically re-orientating the campus outwards to the local community.
The new entrance building has a naturally ventilated library, research centre and houses student services. It is connected via a linear atrium to the other buildings and has a 90 meter long colonnade shading its curved south façade. It is the first in a series of projects to follow under the GHA masterplan that will transform the site and attract new students.
"Thank you … for capturing so brilliantly what I wanted from the building. Its is all that I had hoped for … Staff and students have told me how lovely it is to be in the building and how inspirational they find it."