The Learning Hub is at the heart of the new Waterside Campus and will house the Library, shared general teaching areas, specialists’ skills spaces, student administration, academic workspaces and catering. It will be open 24 hours/day and will create a vibrant, dynamic and flexible environment.
The openness of the Learning Hub plays a crucial role in the design of the building and as such the use of glass is essential. The Atrium makes the large building legible and welcoming and gives the building a wow-factor. The large accommodation stair enriches the user experience of the building and extends the stepped environment of terraces and platforms along the river edge.
The connectivity to the river is vital as is the internal route through the Learning Hub to connect the Waterside with the Delapre Place to the South. The Delapre Walk flanks the Learning Hub to the west.
Through terraces and other accessible external areas, a rich environment of learning and social areas is created, both inside and outside. To strengthen the link between the waterside and the building, the landscape design extends the interior treatments of the Learning Hub’s Atrium.