university of buckingham - masterplan

Location: Buckingham
Client: University of Buckingham
Status: Rolling programme

In January 2011 Panter Hudspith Architects were appointed to produce a Campus Development Framework plan for the University of Buckingham. The Framework Plan will be used to guide the development of the University as it expands in size over the next 20 years.

The main University campus, located within a Conservation Area, is largely comprised of historic buildings in a wooded riverside setting. Panter Hudspith Architects are leading a project team to balance the complex issues of retaining the character of the campus whilst overcoming its technical problems such as flood risk, poor transport links and underused historic buildings. The aim is to produce a flexible plan that will cope with a considerable increase in student numbers and changing educational demands over time.

The masterplan includes spaces for new teaching, library, student union, accommodation and administration buildings.

In 2012 we completed the first project from the masterplan, which was the conversion of a Grade II listed former Chapel into a flexible lecture theatre and music hall – the Radcliffe Centre. This saw the building fully refurbished with new services throughout. New raked seating was installed to link to the existing balcony seating to improve viewing angles and capacity.

The next project to be taken forward is The Vinson Building, which is due to complete in Autumn 2018 and will create teaching space including a social learning centre, lecture theatre and seminar and study rooms.

Other projects in planning from our original development framework include Station Road which will provide 112 en-suite student rooms on a site once occupied by the Buckingham Railway Station and car park. Also in the planning phase is the Medical School which will provide new academic facilities for students in the first 2 years of the Medical course.
illustrative site plan
the site prior to the masterplan proposals