OOBE successfully teamed up with AHR for a competition to develop the new flagship Art, Design and Architecture building for Huddersfield Queensgate campus, by delivering an aspirational landscape design.

Located to the south of the town centre, the five-storey Barbara Hepworth Building is the first part of a £30M redevelopment of the area around Queen Street South, which will be known as the Western Campus.

OOBE has complemented AHR’s outstanding design of the new campus’ building with a landscape design that promises to deliver.

Sophie Tombleson, one of OOBE’s Senior Landscape Architects explains:

“Having already worked with AHR on the University’s Oastler Building, we are delighted to be working with them again on the site.

This particular scheme will ground the building within its new setting, responding to the unique canal frontage location and provide a standpoint for the new campus quarter.”

As with most schemes there is always a challenge, as Sophie explains;

“With over 4m difference between main campus level and canal side road, and a further 1.6m down to the canal towpath level change was an integral part of design development.

An aspirational scheme was developed to celebrate the level changes through a series of learning and social terrace spaces, from this a baseline scheme was progressed as phase 1 that would not limit future potential.

The scheme utilises a campus material palette, developed by OOBE through previous masterplan interventions. Material choices are durable yet contemporary and will help build upon a coherent campus landscape design.”