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March 19, 2009

The first phase of the University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus was finished in 1999, on a site formerly occupied by the Raleigh bicycle factory.

Last week marked the completion of the £30 million development, designed by Make Architects, when the Duke of Gloucester officially opened the site. It incorporates three landmark buildings and a 60m steel latticework sculpture called Aspire.

The Sir Colin Campbell Building, clad in gleaming zinc, emerges from two landscaped mounds on either side of Triumph Road and forms the gateway between the campus and Nottingham's Innovation Park.

International House and the Amenities Building are both wedge-shaped and seem to grow from the ground like the rocky outcrops common in the region.

Random patterns of red and brown terracotta tiles offer a modern take on the city's traditional red-brick architecture.

Sustainability is a central feature of the design. Highly insulated facades are less than 50 per cent glazed and oriented to ensure good levels of natural light while preventing overheating and glare.

Nottingham has also installed more than 250 "smart meters" to monitor energy use on a half-hourly basis, to compare the campus' performance with older parts of its estate.

Send suggestions for this architectural series to: matthew.reisz@tsleducation.com.

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