From revamps to relocations, we take you on a tour of the University of York and glimpse its new emerging architectural landscape, which has the challenge of blending 1960s style with modern design.
The Vanbrugh Piazza, an original feature of Andrew Derbyshire’s 1968 masterplan for the University of York, provides an important lakeside view and recreation space on Campus. Ironically nicknamed over the years as the ‘Vanbrugh Paradise’, it has now been renamed Greg’s Place in honour of Greg Dyke, our departing Chancellor who funded the design project.
The Quiet Place
From Spring 2016 alumni, staff and friends will be able to mark the lives of people associated with the University in a special tribute garden. Situated in the Quiet Place, the garden features a specially designed sculpture on which bespoke leaves can be designated. In addition tributes will include the planting of your choice of native tree on the east side of campus in the Diamond Wood.
The Departments of Biology and Environment
The Department of Biology buildings are undergoing major investment. This includes the creation of the new Biomedical Sciences Building which opened in 2014, and a new teaching and laboratory facility which will accommodate student support and administration for the department. The final phase of development will see the creation of new research facilities for bioscience and biotechnology research. The site formerly occupied by Wentworth E block now provides new and exciting opportunities for collaborative research between environmental, ecological and social scientists, through the creation of a spectacular new Environment Building. The new facility co-locates staff and students of the Environment Department, the Stockholm Environmental Institute York, the York Environmental Sustainability Institute, and BioArCh, a research group covering aspects of Biology, Archaeology and Chemistry.
The new Teaching Building
Work has started on the construction of a new centrally-located teaching building which will provide a variety of modern teaching spaces, including a 350 seat lecture theatre and 26 seminar rooms along with study and informal meeting areas. The building is located centrally at the edge of Spring Wood, between Derwent College and the Berrick Saul building and will provide a new gateway to the campus from University Road.
Supported by the late Leo Rothschild in honour of our former Chancellor, Dame Janet Baker, the Singing Stone was designed by artist Gordon Young for the Department of Music. It was unveiled by Dame Janet at the Department’s 50th Anniversary weekend in June 2015. The stone is carved from a single piece of granite and incorporates words from Dame Janet’s favourite song, W. B. Yeats’ The Cloths of Heaven.
new environment building
The new Environment Building proved a fantastic host location for our recent Heslington Circle annual event in February. With over 30 generous donors in attendance, the event included a tour of the new building and facilities, and excellent talks from four of our leading academics, as well as from the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Koen Lamberts. It was a great day and has subsequently led to some generous donors increasing their financial support to the University.