University of York Masterplan
Client: University of York
The practice prepared the masterplan for the expansion of the university’s campus, to double its size to meet short term growth needs and to allow the university to plan for the next 20 years.
We proposed a series of forums to explore ideas and new possibilities. These were instrumental in establishing the future vision for the expanded university, which involves new buildings set along the contours of a shallow hill, beneath new woodland and overlooking a river feature.
The plans restrict cars to courtyard areas, and linear civic space links existing campus buildings with the proposed administrative, research and teaching facilities. This establishes a broad, car-free area where students, visitors and York residents can meet, exchange ideas and relax in a pleasant, safe and sheltered environment.
We provided urban design evidence at a public inquiry into the outline planning application. The Secretary of State subsequently granted consent.
1&2 - © John Houlihan, courtesy of University of York, 3&4 - © Crown copyright and database rights 2012 Ordnance Survey AL100017826 & 100019980
© Terence O'Rourke Ltd 2022 Terms and conditions
Terence O'Rourke is an award winning planning and design company, integrating these skills to help deliver exceptional projects.
Our team offers town planning, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and environmental planning (including environmental impact assessment, heritage and ecology) services. We have a unique skillset and approach that deals creatively with challenging planning situations to deliver commercially viable solutions across all sectors of the economy.
We work with nationally and internationally known clients including:
BAE Systems, BMW Rolls Royce, Grosvenor, McLaren and Warner Bros., major housebuilders and infrastructure providers and have worked on high profile projects and sites such as the Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa Tree Houses, the Clay Country eco-community, the Goodwood Estate, Luton Airport, Silverstone Park, Mercedes-Benz World, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and Studio Tour – 'The Making of Harry Potter.'