University of Nottingham

The Portland Building, University of Nottingham

Re-orientating the University of Nottingham’s Portland Building to address the new heart of the campus was not without its challenges. It was necessary to remain sensitive to both the heritage of the original, Neo-Classical, 1950s building and Michael Hopkins’s 2003 extension. The solutions, developed in conjunction with successive Students’ Union representatives’ year-on-year, are bold, yet sensitive to achieve their aspirations. This was an iterative process of collaborative design and post-occupancy evaluation, resulting in a dynamic and attractive student hub.