To maintain York’s high rank status as one of the top universities in the world, the University authority decided to upgrade and expand their facilities to meet the national higher education agenda and help drive the regional and local economy.
In addition to improvements to an existing Heslington West Campus, a 117-hectare site just east of the existing facility was proposed.
Howard Civil Engineering was awarded the externals package of this prestigious scheme. The quality of the finishes achieved is something the site team took great pride in. As can be seen in the photograph above the new buildings on the East Campus were designed in clusters, each cluster being separated from the next with a sensitively designed landscaped green space. A roadway and paths connect each cluster with the next and the Heslington West Campus. With the East Campus site being quite flat, deep drains were not possible, so rainwater from roofs, road and pathways had to be directed in a series of culverts, surface drainage channels and rills, eventually discharging into the newly constructed lake.
Many metres of Hauraton slotted drainage channel (over 2km) and open swales were installed to manage the surface water whilst being sympathetic to the new environment.