The school appointed GHA to help develop a masterplan to create a ‘Digital Village’- a community with a strong worldwide identity and state of art teaching facilities.
The practice’s first task was to assist in shaping the organisation’s vision and giving it physical form as a masterplan that incorporates existing campus buildings and uses the architecture to support a forward-looking identity and a richly complex series of spaces that promote a collegiate spirit.
GHA was then appointed to build Phase 1, an entrance building with an expressed in-situ concrete frame that incorporates a library, cinema, café and teaching spaces.
Phase 2 – two further buildings and the refurbishment of the 1920s Film Studio – was granted planning after a successful bid for government funding. The two buildings opened earlier this year.
RIBA Awards 2008