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Ron Cooke Hub, University of York


Location Client Cost Completion
University of York University of York £15m Oct 2010

Project details

The Hub is the public face of the new campus at Heslington East masterplanned by BDP.  It is the gateway through which visitors will enter the campus, and as such is the most significant building on the site.

A curving wing of offices, copper clad lecture theatre, demonstration box and study pods, are expressed as discreet volumes and cluster together within and around a grand hall.

The hall with its ground floor cafe looks out via a fully glazed elevation to the south providing views of the lake and Vale of York beyond. The lakeside boardwalk gives access to the individual study pods and floats on the hub basin.

The buildings are absolutely stunning. They are so striking. Aesthetically they're just brilliant.

Elizabeth Heaps Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of York


  • create a gateway building for new university campus
  • provide a forum with multiple activities under one roof to encourage interaction and exchange of ideas


  • a landmark building in a exemplary and inspirational campus environment
  • shortlisted for a RIBA award 2011

Integrated services

masterplanning, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design