Langwith & College 9 Masterplan


University of York


Masterplanning & Full Architectural Design Services

Project Description

Masterplanned to be part of the University of York Campus, both Colleges are designed to connect visually and physically to the wider University.

The residential campus of Langwith College, the oldest of the two, completed in 2012, provides flexible accommodation for over six hundred students together with state of the art social and welfare hubs. Accommodation is designed in a range of room sizes with large, shared dining / living / kitchen areas. The central hub provides social space for staff and students alike with a series of ‘sub-spaces’ within the College to encourage multiple uses.

The scheme creates an open and inviting environment which establishes a strong College identity and sense of community which encourages diversity, equal opportunities and fosters interaction and sociability. It was designed to create a sustainable, collegiate environment with unique character and sense of place. College 9, also known as Constantine College and named after the famous Roman emperor who ruled from York, was completed in September 2014.

It provides 621 rooms, in a mix of formats – en suite study beds, non-en suite, accessible, tutor rooms, and shared two bed apartments.
As with its neighbour College, it uses a series of landscaped ‘swales’ to drain the surface water from the site before it passes into the large feature lake at the centre of Heslington East – just one of the sustainable features which helps towards its BREEAM Very Good rating.