York St. John University
Location: York, UK
Client: York St. John University
Timescale: Planned Completion - Spring 2020
Size: 4,000 m²
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We have been commissioned to complete a new Creative Centre for York St. John University to support the arts faculty, which comprises a 3,000 sqm of flexible teaching space, and a 200 seat auditorium and flexible teaching space that can adapt to various students’ needs and the evolution of art, design and media production courses.

The proposal is designed to allow for prefabricated construction and a huge range of future adaptability, as well as potential expansion by an additional 1,500 sqm teaching space.

The auditorium will be an incredibly flexible rectangular space, with retractable seating. It will support a broad range of potential performances including multi-disciplinary and technology driven creative collaborations. Wrapping the auditorium is a sculptural timber and ETFE cladding system.

Linking the teaching spaces and auditorium will be an atrium space creating three levels of communal area, effectively acting as a ‘mixing valve’ between creative disciplines. This will be enclosed by an extremely cost effective ETFE covering. This communal mixing valve space will connect on the western side of the building with the existing Design Centre.

The project is due to complete in Spring 2020.

As one of the fastest growing universities in the country, we need to develop innovative teaching space 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. Their 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.”

Rob Hickey, Executive Director of Innovation and Growth at York St. John University