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Atkins gets nod in Newcastle for university campus

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Atkins has been given the go-ahead today for this new city fringe campus in Manors, Newcastle.

Designed for Northumbria University, the 21,000m 2scheme 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

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