Projects / Heslington East Phase 1

Heslington East Phase 1

A new campus on a greenfield site comprising four new academic buildings, a knowledge transfer building, a 617-bed student residence, a 21,000 sq metre lake, associated landscaping and infrastructure.

Image © Giles Rocholl Photography
Image © Giles Rocholl Photography
Image © Giles Rocholl Photography
Image © Giles Rocholl Photography

The Vision

To maintain the University’s position as a top-ranking institution and increase student numbers from 10,000 to between 17,000 and 20,000 through expansion and improvement.

Our Role

We provided full project management, programme management and NEC contract administration services. A key element to our role was the leadership of the established design team to meet the demands of the programme through design, procurement and delivery phases. We combined all 20 individual elements of the project into one coordinated programme to ensure efficient and timely delivery of the various elements. The procurement strategy that we developed further increased certainty of delivery whilst maintaining quality control.

Key Information

University of York
270,000 sq ft
Project Manager:
Buro Four
Construction Manager & Contract Administrator:
Buro Four
Quantity Surveyor:
Turner & Townsend
Structural Engineer:
M&E Engineer:

Special Mention

During excavations on the site, archaeologists found the oldest surviving human brain in Britain, dating back at least 2000 years. It is thought that the skull, which was found on its own in a muddy pit, was a ritual offering.