evolving over many years of association with masterplanning projects, we have developed skills in maximising the value of the 'in between spaces' present in all developments.ensuring that every last piece of available space is included in the design value for a project is easy to say but not easy to achieve.
abstract from our presentation to the schoms conference 2017 ……
in between spaces address the implications of pedagogical change on design and spatial manifestation, using case studies from both new build and refurbishment projects to consider the opportunities available for higher education estates to create inspiring teaching and learning spaces. this will be discussed through three case studies, ranging from generic teaching to specialist arts and science facilities, covering refurbishment projects alongside innovative new builds. these case studies will be used to consider the conflicts between design drivers, the brief development process, and the lessons which can learnt from long term client and site engagement.
bpr have worked closely with middlesex university over the past fifteen years during which time we have helped develop and implement their £200m campus consolidation strategy, which has involved the relocation from seven sites across north london to a single campus at hendon. completed in 2014, the current estates strategy is now focused on making qualitative improvements in both academic support and student experience across the campus, in particular addressing the significant issues of existing stock which has not kept pace with changes in he provision. our long term engagement with a single client on this campus has provided us with the opportunity to work with staff and students across a range of disciplines, to both reflect and inform the University’s approach towards teaching and learning.
rather than seeing innovative teaching
and learning strategies in terms of distinct new facilities to be provided, we would argue that their careful
discussion and deployment provides a new way of thinking about left‐over or in between space. these
under‐utilised spaces in both new build and existing stock hold incredible potential to contribute
towards specialist academic space demands and wider student experience, but only if we are able to sensibly
equip them with the facilities required to support these new uses.