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Tate Harmer beats BDP and FCBS to York university scheme

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Tate Harmer has beaten a number of big names to design a 200-seat venue and teaching space for York St John University.

The London-based practice will create an arts, design and performance centre for the York institution, after seeing off competition from AJ100 practices including Feilden Clegg Bradley, BDP, Nicholas Hare Architects and AHR Architects.

The auditorium, modelled on New York City’s Lincoln Centre, will offer 3,000m2 of flexible learning space linked to the auditorium by a ‘collaborative atrium’. A large window will face on to York Minster.

The atrium will be a timber-framed structure with a clear ETFE enclosure to provide a covered green space for collaboration, while the teaching blocks will be constructed out of cross-laminated timber to create large clear spans for maximum flexibility.

Tate Harmer partner Jerry Tate said: ‘We are delighted to have been chosen by York St John University to design its new creative centre.

‘Serving as a beacon for the campus, our designs reflect the ambitions of the university to significantly improve student learning and experience. We are looking forward to developing the plans further with the team.’

Tate Harmer's York St John University performance centre

Tate Harmer’s York St John University performance centre

Source: AVR London

Tate Harmer’s York St John University performance centre

The university’s executive director of innovation and growth, Rob Hickey, said it needed innovative teaching spaces for specialist subjects.

‘We were impressed with Tate Harmer’s proposal for a vibrant, state-of-the-art creative centre that recognises the needs of future students,’ he added.

‘Its design was the stand-out winner for reflecting the ambition and optimism of York St John University, making the most of the building’s position in the centre of campus and showcasing our location in the heart of the city.’

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