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First year Architecture students on a tour of the Student Village construction site

24 Apr 2018

Students invited to view Student Village Developments

First year Architecture students have been given a unique insight into the development of the Student Village Project currently taking place on campus.

On Tuesday 17 April, the students met with Andy Mytom, a partner at David Morley Architects, to learn about the design process for the Keith Green Building which was adapted to provide the base on campus for the BArch Architecture programme.

In addition, Andy spoke to the students about the vision behind the Student Village and Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel, discussing inspiring ideas about how design concepts can be translated into a physical building.

Bowmer & Kirkland – the contractors for the Student Village Project – also allowed students to walk around the construction site to see the inner workings of a building project in process.

Dr Robert Schmidt-III, Lecture in Architecture, commented: “This experience allowed the students to engage with and learn from their campus beyond their daily perspective, and showed how successful collaboration between the architect, contractor and client can lead to inspiring architecture and place-making.”

Student Luke Burns added: “As a student, listening to another architect's design ethos and personal view is always interesting, but to hear from an architect who is working on a project so close to home with a direct impact on me, was even more gripping.

“Learning about the design challenges he experienced within the project, as well as the working relationships developed with the client, were all incredibly helpful in understanding the kind of obstacles faced in the real working world of architecture.”