Make's Jubilee Campus expansion project for Nottingham University has started on site.
Three new 'landmark' buildings will be built as part of the first phase of a larger masterplan to extend the university campus along either side of Triumph Road.
The road effectively splits the new extension into two separate zones - the western half of the site will house academic and teaching facilities and the eastern half has been earmarked for the university's research and innovation park.
Sitting in the academic zone, the first new building, International House, will become home to faculty teaching facilities and administrative offices.
The second development, the amenities building, will contain staff dining facilities, a fitness suite, accommodation for visiting academics and multi-faith facilities and prayer rooms.
Both will be clad in terracotta tiles arranged in bands 'like geological strata' and will use similar colours to the surrounding traditional brick buildings.
The third 'gateway' building, in the eastern research and innovation park, will straddle Triumph Road, effectively linking the two zones. The 'gently curved', silver-clad structure will house exhibition spaces and business incubator units and has been designed to 'echo the landscaped parkland around it'.
Practice founder Ken Shuttleworth, said: 'The Jubilee Campus project presents a fantastic opportunity to create a rich new environment for studying and teaching, working and leisure.'
He added: 'Nottingham University has already established a reputation for architectural quality and environmental responsibility: the buildings we have designed for them will perform to the highest standards of energy efficiency while creating a striking new presence within the university campus and the city as a whole.'
The scheme is scheduled for completion by the end of next year.by Richard Waite