Nottingham University - Jubilee Campus
w/e 27 April 2014
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Since discovering that the grounds of Nottingham University were open to the general public, we have visited the Highfields Campus several times mainly to see the gardens there. The Jubilee Campus is about half a mile away from Highfields and here it is the architecture of the buildings rather than gardens that draws most attention. The Campus which also includes the University's Innovation Park (UNIP) has won several awards for its sustainable and environmental features.

Melton Hall

We entered the Campus via the main entrance at the northern end of the site off Wollaton Road and followed the path to the series of lakes that have been created along the western edge. This took us by the side of Melton Hall, the only postgraduate hall of residence on the Jubilee Campus.

Following the walkway from Melton Hall (seen here in the far distant) we walked past the Business School North and The Exchange which houses Banks and retail outlets before turning for this shot which also shows the innovative architecture of the Sir Harry and Lady Djanogly Learning Resource Centre (a library) on an island in the lake on the left.

WalkwayLakeWe continued along the covered walkway passing similar buildings to the Business School North that included the Computer Science Department, the Atrium and the Dearing Building. We also passed the Business School South and followed the path by the side of the lake watching herons swoop above the water to where it ends at the National College for School Leadership (NCSL).

CampusTurning away from the lakeside we headed through the Campus towards Triumph Road which runs north/south through the site between Wollaton Road and Derby Road. Wherever you are on the Campus however, you are never very far from a view of the Aspire art work which dominates the skyline. When installed in 2008 it was, at 60m high, Britain's tallest free standing public work of art but I believe this has now been surpassed by the Orbit, London's 2012 Olympics structure. Higher than the Angel of the North, Nelson's Column and even the Statue of Liberty, a surprising fact about Aspire is that 84% of the structure lies below ground level.
Campbell Building

Aspire was a gift to Nottingham University from a benefactor with a long-standing interest in art and education and it stands in the middle of a former industrial site adjacent to the Sir Colin Campbell Building which spans Triumph Road and literally links the Jubilee Campus on the western side with the Innovation Park on the eastern. The Sir Colin Campbell Building was named in honour of the University's fifth Vice-Chancellor, houses the UNIP Reception and was the founding building of the Innovation Park.
Raleigh Memorial

The former industrial site is one as associated with the city as much as Robin Hood and Nottingham Lace and a simple brick wall with a inset frieze recovered from a wall near the main entrance of the Triumph Road factory and a descriptive plaque on each side serves as a memorial to the Raleigh Bicycle Company.

Plaque Extract

This extract from the plaque describes a little of the history of Raleigh.
Amenities & International

The Aspire art work was painted red to harmonise with the cladding of two terracotta-tiled buildings that are also adjacent. These are the Amenities Building and the International House and although not to everyone's taste the architecture certainly makes a striking presence on the site. For all their environmentally friendly credentials I often wonder what Prince Charles with his strong views on modern buildings would make of the architecture.
Romax Building

One of the latest additions to the Innovation Park and seen here from Triumph Road is the Romax Building where Romax Technologies will design gears for wind turbines and other associated technology.
Gordian Knot

Also on the eastern side of Triumph Road are the Nottingham Geospatial Building, the Energy Research Building, the Aerospace Technology Centre and pictured here the Institute of Mental Health outside of which stands another piece of artwork which commemorates its opening in 2013. The title of the piece by sculptor Ekkehard Altenburger is "House for a Gordian Knot".
Old & New

Old meets new where Triumph Road joins Wollaton Road as old buildings associated with the tall bonded tobacco warehouses built for the John Player Company line a gated yard. What the future holds for the warehouses is a matter for speculation at the moment following Imperial Tobacco's announcement that they are to cease operations in Nottingham but the view through the yard shows the facade of The Exchange that we walked behind near the start of this walk.
Several of the buildings along the lakeside display these oast-house type structures and I understand they are not just decorative but have a practical use as well. Photovoltaic cells are integrated into the roofs of the buildings and warm air rising from the atrium can be returned for heat conservation. In warm weather dampers are opened to allow air to vent outside. The dampers also serve as a fire precaution as they can aid with smoke clearance from the atrium.

The images above may be related to there locality via this map in pdf format on the University site.

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