The University of Worcester is on the hunt for an architect to masterplan its new inclusive-by-design Severn Campus
Specialising in health and sports science – the complex will be constructed on a brownfield plot next to the Roberts Limbrick-designed University of Worcester Arena and Riverside Buildings.
Overlooking the Worcester Racecourse, the project will create a third campus a short distance from the university’s historic St Johns Campus and new City Campus.
The new inclusive-by-design complex – intended to become a new International Centre for Inclusive Sport, Physical Activity and Health – will hosts courses in sports therapy, occupational therapy, sport science and sports coaching science.
It will feature a National Indoor Centre for Inclusive Cricket, an inclusive multipurpose indoor sports facility, a health and wellbeing centre and catering areas.
Changing rooms, spectator galleries, easily-navigable circulation spaces, a fully-accessible reception, step-free landscaping and an underground 300-capacity car park will also be required.
Several derelict buildings on the site – which has come close to flooding twice in the past five years – will be demolished this summer ahead of remediation work and archaeological studies.
Nearby landmarks include the headquarters of BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester and the Hereford to London Paddington line viaduct.
According to the brief: ‘The University is seeking to appoint a firm of consultants, or a consortium, to provide master-planning, architecture, open space or landscaping and services infrastructure design and initial structural advice to support and inform the preparation of a masterplan for the site and the submission of an outline planning application.
’This procurement exercise will also include the option to extend the scope of services and appoint the successful bidder as architect (lead designer) for this project.’
Set up in 1946 on a former RAF base, the university currently hosts 10,095 and 700 staff across two main campuses.
BDP won a contest for the university’s £90 million City Campus on the site of the former Worcester Royal Infirmary ten years ago.
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios also completed a competition winning £40 million library and history centre - known as The Hive (pictured) - for the university in 2012.
Nicholas Hare Architects was recently chosen to design a new five hectare student accommodation complex for the University of Worcester.
The deadline for applications is 4 July.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
University Of Worcester