The new learning and teaching hub will provide state of the art learning and teaching facilities for over 2500 students in a highly sustainably BREEAM Excellent building that sits at the heart of a conservation area.

Design Approach

The new learning and teaching hub, which forms the initial phase of this expansion programme, will create a signature gateway building at the heart of the expanded Campus based on active learning pedagogies.

The University is undertaking an ambitious expansion programme that will further enhance its global standing and provide a positive impact on the community it serves. The design has been inspired and driven by user consultation at every level, emphasising the student experience to provide an environment that is open and accessible for all.

Its mixture of lecture theatres, small group rooms, breakout and study areas reflects a growing trend in making faculty areas more bespoke and focussing general teaching in a shared learning hub that embraces new teaching pedagogies and optimise space utilisation.

To fully understand the user aspirations HLM visited exemplar schemes in Australia with the University and then trialled new learning pedagogies in a series of pilot rooms in an adjacent building. This has enabled HLM to work with academics to test new approaches such as flipped classrooms and TEAL spaces and define the FF&E and IT needed to support this.

The resultant scheme, which is due to complete in 2020, improves cohesiveness and connectivity across the campus in a building that showcases formal and informal learning and teaching through a welcoming, open environment that encourages student to linger – a sticky campus.

“HLM have been both inspirational and innovative but have at all times tempered that with an understanding that the space needs to be practical for end users and ultimately delivered within programme and budget…What set HLM apart is their positive attitude and their desire to build collaborative working relationships and the exchange of ideas.”

Nicola Cameron, Assistant Director of Estates Glasgow University