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Computer Science Building, University of York


Location Client Cost Completion
University of York University of York £18m Oct 2010

Project details

BDP was selected by the University of York to masterplan, and design the individual buildings, for the first phase of its campus expansion at Heslington East.

This building houses all the Computer Science Department’s accommodation in two wings embracing a courtyard garden. To the south facing the lakeside is the research wing accommodating individual and group offices punctuated by break out spaces.

A fully glazed atrium connects the wings at all levels. A glass link from the atrium leads to the seminar and common room pod which nestles in the centre of the courtyard as a garden pavilion. This organic timber structure acts as a counterpoint to the zinc clad wings that surround it.

The buildings are absolutely stunning. They are so striking. Aesthetically they're just brilliant.

Elizabeth Heaps Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of York


  • create one of four new academic buildings in the first cluster of the university’s new campus
  • provide spaces for secluded study alongside spaces which foster the social aspect of academic research


  • a key building which forms part of the lakeshore elevation of the new campus
  • shortlisted for a RIBA award 2011

Integrated services

masterplanning, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design