A great mix of modern architecture & landscape - not just the preserve of University students
Her Majesty the Queen opened the campus on the 9th December 1999 and its state-of-the-art facilities house the Schools of Education, Computer Science and Information Technology, Djanogly Learning Centre, as well as the Nottingham University Business School.
No expense appears to have been spared in creating what has to be one of the most striking, pleasant and peaceful places to work in the whole of the City - is it any surprise that Nottingham University is one of the most popular in the country?
The central complex is a cluster of striking modern buildings, designed with a great amount of flair, imagination and extravagance - grouped along a series of landscaped lakes and 'canals' where the architects and designers have also created a haven for wildlife that can be appreciated by visitors and students alike.
No bland rectangular concrete boxes here!
Although not visible from the ground, the roofs of many of the buildings are planted with a carpet of low-growing alpine plants which help to maintain steady temperatures within the buildings throughout the year - apparently more effective than traditional insulation.
Buildings also feature a super-efficient mechanical ventilation system, lighting sensors to reduce energy consumption, and photovoltaic cells integrated into the atrium roofs.
The lakes (crammed with huge carp and ornamental fish) provide cooling for the buildings in the summer and receive all surface water.
The environmentally-friendly nature of the campus and it's buildings has been a big factor in the awards that it has received, including:-
The Jubilee Campus also won the praise of the Energy Globe Award judges in 2005.
This is an extension to the University of Nottingham and an approximate 5 mile journey by car from Rise Park.
From the Ring Road / Western Boulevard turn towards the City Centre at Crown Island and the entrance to the car park can be found almost immediately on the right hand side.
Visitor parking (Oct 2010) costs £2 for up to three hours Pay and Display.
The site was formerly home to the world famous cycle manufacturer Raleigh Industries.
Many thousands of City residents and visitors pass by every day but how many realise that it is freely accessible to all, and not just the private domain of students?
Highly recommended for a visit on a warm, sunny day
Development is continuing, with more individualistic structures in course of construction (2008), and further landscaping in progress.
The Aspire Tower - erected in July 2008
This structure was designed by Ken Shuttleworth (designer of the famous London Gherkin building). It stands 60 metres high, is taller than Nelsons Column and weighs 845 tonnes. It is said to have cost £850,000.
Another example of the extravagance to be seen on this site, but fortunately (for taxpayers) this structure was commissioned and paid for by an anonymous benefactor to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter to the University