Kier completes £17.2m Creative Centre for York St John University

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Kier has successfully completed and handed over its £17.2m Creative Centre project to York St John University

The Creative Centre spans three storeys to create 2,600m² of flexible, specialist teaching space and includes a 200-seat auditorium wrapped in pre-fabricated timber.

The 550m² atrium features a glass and timber roof and will be used as an exhibition space and theatre foyer to host lectures, performances and events.

Sustainability and adaptability were put at the forefront of the design by architects Tate + Co, to cater for students’ needs as well as community use.

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Dan Doherty, regional director at Kier Regional Building North and Scotland, said: “This is a key project for York St John University, putting creativity at the heart of its campus and creating a new home for its music and computer science courses.

“Bringing our expertise in the education sector to the project and working in collaboration with our client and local supply chain, we have created specialist teaching spaces, which will enhance students learning experience for years to come.”

‘Striking and sustainable building’

Rob Hickey, shief operating officer of York St John University said: “What we set out to achieve was a striking and sustainable building to inspire learning at the heart of our Lord Mayor’s Walk campus, and I would like to thank our partners Kier and Tate + Co for delivering just that.

“Our new Creative Centre demonstrates our commitment to our students, the wider community and the creative industries in the region. We look forward to welcoming the public to experience the amazing space for themselves at our week of official launch events in the New Year.”

The Creative Centre, at its Lord Mayor’s Walk campus in York City Centre, will be officially launched at the end of January 2022.

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