MK:U – the UK’s first new university in a generation
Out of 257 submissions, the proposals by Hopkins Architects were selected unanimously by the jury. The panel praised the scheme for its “clarity and confidence” and said the proposals “capture the excitement and innovation of Milton Keynes and reimagine its architecture for a digital and high-technology future”.
This commission is special because MK:U presents a unique opportunity to rethink higher education through its radical curriculum focusing on the digital economy.
Atelier Ten assisted with the scheme’s strong digital and sustainable focus. We’re excited to be part of the winning team, and to build on our previous work with Hopkins Architects on ground-breaking projects such as Yale School of Forestry and the World Wildlife Fund’s headquarters.
We are providing masterplanning, environmental design, building services design, energy analysis and water strategy for this new campus, which will span 61,000m².
Hopkins Architects describe their approach as one which will deliver high value and high environmental performance. Buildings are simple and cost effective. Based on orthogonal grids with integrated engineering, MK:U’s buildings and places can be easily maintained and upgraded to suit future needs; a smart university for a smart city.
Mike Taylor, principal, Hopkins Architects, says: “This commission is special because MK:U presents a unique opportunity to rethink higher education through its radical curriculum focusing on the digital economy.”