University of Brighton Checkland Building

University of Brighton Checkland Building

University of Brighton Checkland Building, University of Brighton: Checkland Building, Falmer Campus

The University of Brighton is currently redeveloping its campus at Falmer just outside the city under an ongoing masterplan which will replace obsolete building stock with new facilities for students and staff.

In 2005 we were asked to design Phases 4 and 5 of the masterplan, comprising academic facilities including the new Schools of Education, Languages, and Historical and Critical Studies in addition to support facilities such as catering, Student Union offices, a bar and a nursery.

Designed as a series of simple but flexibly-planned, environmentally-sustainable wings built into the sloping site, the 9,000 m² building fans out to allow extensive views over the South Downs. External courtyards and a bright atrium social space both link and separate the schools, enabling them to balance their separate identities with efficient use of mutual spaces. The building is also designed to allow for future expansion as the masterplan develops.

A new central external agora space acts as the focus for both new and old buildings on the site, creating a new heart to the campus.


  • LocationBrighton, United Kingdom
  • Value£17.1 million
  • Size9,000 m²
  • ClientUniversity of Brighton
  • Year2008

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