Atkins has been given the go-ahead today for this new city fringe campus in Manors, Newcastle.
Designed for Northumbria University, the 21,000m 2
scheme will bring together the university's existing schools of Law, Business and Design on one site - a former cinema.
The Law and Business faculties will be housed in the larger of the two buildings, which will feature three lecture theatres and a student law office where up to 120 students can experience working in a 'live' office environment.
There are also plans for a new library, two 'protruding' courtroom suites and Harvard-style lecture theatres on the top floor which will be dedicated to the Business School.
The separate Design School has been conceived as a 'more open plan frame capable of easy and frequent internal reconfiguration.'
Among the facilities' main features are a 'crit pit', wood and metal workshops and a centre for design research, a semi-commercial initiative geared towards commercial clients.
According to the practice's design statement, 'both buildings will have a multi-layer intelligent facade' providing a 'complex 3D envelope'.by Richard Waite