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York University expansion wins planning award.

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11:22am 23rd December 2010

The design brief for the £750 million University of York development at Heslington East has won a Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) award.

The RTPI Yorkshire Planning Award 2010 rewards outstanding achievement in planning in the region. The University design brief, including the masterplan, has now been shortlisted for RTPI’s national award which will be announced in February.

The design brief was prepared with input from the University of York, the architects BDP, planning consultants O’Neill Associates, and road and traffic consultants Aecom. It outlines the University’s long-term vision for the design of Heslington East, creating architectural consistency in the development of the new campus.

The 65-hectare campus extension, which is based on a combination of public and private funding, including support from the European Regional Development Fund, will eventually result in an increase in total student numbers to 15,400 as well as creating up to 2,000 new jobs. It is making a massive social, economic, educational and cultural contribution, both locally and nationally.

The Yorkshire Planning Award was presented at a special awards ceremony at Leeds Metropolitan University attended by the University of York’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Estates and Strategic Projects Elizabeth Heaps, Janet O’Neill, Director of O’Neill Associates and BDP’s Architect Director Stephen Hill.

Elizabeth Heaps says:

Heslington East is one of the biggest capital developments in UK Higher Education in the last decade”.

“As a world class University it is vital that our space and facilities are of the highest standard and we are particularly pleased to receive an award which recognises the quality of the planning and design of the new campus extension.”

Janet O’Neill, Director of O’Neill Associates, says:

“We are delighted to share in this award. The preparation of the design brief and masterplan was a real team effort.”

BDP’s Stephen Hill added: “We are very excited to have been able to contribute to this most significant new place of learning, being responsible for creating the masterplan as well as designing the academic buildings and residential college.”

The £200 million first phase of the development at Heslington East opened in October and includes new accommodation for the Departments of Computer Science and Theatre, Film and Television and the York Law and Management Schools, as well as Goodricke College and the Ron Cooke Hub. The second phase plans include the relocation of Langwith College, a new social and catering building, and a biomass gasification heat and power energy centre.

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