RMJM has designed one of the UK’s most modern, environmentally friendly and sustainable Higher Education learning environments. The new £72 million Ayr Campus development is home to the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC). The campus is a key project in the UWS’ £200 million development plan.
The landmark building’s design complements the spectacular 28 acre parkland and riverside surroundings, carefully constructed to minimise disruption to existing wildlife.
All of the academic functions have been consolidated into a single 18,000 m² building, in order to minimise the impact on the mature park setting and maximise efficiency and shared delivery. The building is formed around ‘garden rooms’: two courtyards and an atrium space, which allows the landscape to enter into the building.
The building has achieved a BREEAM “Excellent” rating for Bespoke Design & Procurement and is on track to retain this rating at the Post-Construction stage.