York St John University – De Grey Court

Close to the City Walls and York Minster, at the junction of three historic routes, this award-winning project involved extensive consultation with The City of York Council, English Heritage and local conservation groups. The new building provides  4,800sqm of teaching and associated office space. The design responds to the local context in scale, form and materials  with external walls a mixture of local, handmade bricks, dark grey panels, fair faced concrete, render and timber. Internal walls are exposed concrete, Fletton brickwork and plaster. Along the busy road, the boundary is defined by a high deep curved wall with deep facetted window reveals. The wall creates a strong, modulated boundary to the public areas and curves to create the entrance into a new courtyard.

"The service, advice, support and innovation we have received from the RSSA team has been exemplary"

Colin Parkin,
Director of Facilities

  • Client:York St John University
  • Value: £9m construction cost
  • Programme:Completed November 2008
  • Consultants:Robertson Consulting,
    Faber Maunsell,
    Gleeds
  • Contractor:Morgan Ashurst
  • Photography: David Bennet, Richard Bird, Sarah Blee
  • Press:Building Magazine 27 Feb 2009, Blueprint May 2009
  • Awards:RIBA Award, York Design Lord Mayor's Award, RIBA White Rose Awards for Design Excellence shortlist. Brick Award shortlist