An award-winning campus hub

  • An elegant university amenities building 
  • A double-height dining room acting as a modern-day Great Hall
  • Winner of two RIBA East Midlands awards

The Barn… complements and enriches the look and feel of Sutton Bonington while providing our students with a superb facility which they will be able to enjoy for years to come. Yet again Make has interpreted our ambitions perfectly and delivered a building we are proud of.

Professor Sir David Greenaway
Vice-chancellor, University of Nottingham

Project Details

Location Nottingham, UK
Status Built 2014
Sectors Education and research, Sports and leisure, , Interiors
Area 4,200m²/45,200ft²
Client University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham’s Sutton Bonington campus needed a new amenities building to house its dining hall, bar, common room, faith room, graduate centre and student services. Enter The Barn, which is all about connection – it’s the social heart of the campus. Our design aimed to create a space that facilitates social interaction, and is both physically and aesthetically connected to its surroundings.

Our watchwords here were clarity and calm. Brick feature walls and a restrained material palette establish visual clarity between The Barn and its surroundings. Inside, a double-height dining hall provides a contemporary interpretation of the Medieval Great Hall, generously lit by a top-lit roof structure and a huge window. Outside is a legible configuration of clearly defined entrances and generous public spaces. Together these features make an impressive space for students to meet and connect.

This is the second phase of Make’s masterplan for the Sutton Bonington campus. Since its completion in 2015, it’s won two RIBA East Midlands Awards, and become a vibrant hub for staff and students alike.