Northumbria University unveils new home for Architecture degrees

Northumbria University unveils new home for Architecture degrees

Work has now begun to create new, purpose-built studios at Northumbria University’s City Campus in an extension of its historic Grade II listed Sutherland Building.

The new studios have been designed by Page\Park Architects, who have liaised closely with Northumbria’s architecture staff and students on the proposal. Planning permission and listed building consent for the project was granted in the summer, 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.

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.”

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.”

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 announcement of new architecture studios for the university is the latest stage in Northumbria’s campus development plans, which has seen more than £250m invested in recent years.

Northumbria’s Student Central building recently opened its doors and in early 2018, the University’s new Computer and Information Sciences building will be unveiled. Click here to find out more about these projects.