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University of Sunderland


Location Client Cost Completion Awards
Sunderland, UK University of Sunderland £30m 2003 6

Project details

A true marriage of art and technology.

The campus is designed around the concept of ‘open accessible learning’.

Phase I consists of the Business School and the Learning Amenity building, comprising a Learning Resource Centre, auditorium, lecture theatre and catering facilities.

Phase II is the School of Computing and Information Systems.

Phase III is the School of Art, Media and Design.


  • To masterplan  St Peter’s Riverside, a second and entirely new campus for 8000 students for Sunderland University
  • design a ten-year, three-phase programme of building on the banks of the River Wear.


  • the new buildings set trends for education based on flexibility and accessibility
  • the campus is a place of architectural distinction
  • buildings and spaces accentuate warm microclimates in the chill former shipyard setting
  • awards include RIBA  Awards 1995 and 1997, Civic trust award 1998

Integrated services

architecture, environmental engineering, structural engineering, interior design, graphic design, landscape architecture