Bede Campus – Sunderland College


Client: Sunderland College

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Construction Value: £13m

Sunderland College has five campuses located across the City offering one of the region’s largest ranges of school leaver, adult and higher education courses as well as courses for international students.

OOBE was invited to prepare proposals for the landscape design associated with a new Sports Centre and Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) building at Sunderland College’s existing Bede Campus.

OOBE’s design creates a central performance space linked to the VPA building, a sculpture garden to display students work, and informal seating areas away from the busier central space.

A contemporary space based on classic proportions

Sculptural landform have made use of the excess fill and a new footpath has  improved the connection with the existing car park and open up the new sports facilities for use by the local community outside of college hours. Reflecting concepts used by Redbox Architects, the landscape design responds to the theory and proportions of the golden ratio.

The results showcase OOBE’s ability to deliver high quality external environments, providing opportunities for socialising, outdoor learning and external exhibition space – both flexible and permanent. Great attention was paid to the robustness of materials and detailing to ensure the scheme’s longevity in a well used campus environment.

“OOBE’s commitment, creativity and understanding of the project challenges made them a valuable member of the design team. The appreciation of the College’s aspirations and the ability to bring them to life resulted in the creation of a variety of high quality external spaces including an external amphitheatre which directly relates to the internal visual and performing exhibition space and raised podia for the exhibition of work created by students encompassed within a refreshing and contemporary soft landscape solution. The result is a scheme which will be enjoyed by Students and Visitors for years to come.”

Karen Wade, Director of Facilities at Sunderland College


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