Newton & Arkwright Buildings – Nottingham Trent University that located in Nottingham, United Kingdom, was designed by Hopkins Architects. The Newton and Arkwright buildings are each of their times and were sadly never designed to work together, leaving them backing into each other across an awkward and unresolved wedge of space with numerous back doors alleyways and loading bays opening onto it that became known as Newton Yard. Changes in the patterns of movement around the city – most notably the NET Tram line on Goldsmith Street meant that the majority of people using the buildings accessed them via Newton yard and effectively both buildings were functioning ‘back-to-front’.
The brief required that the buildings be adapted to create an open welcoming and inclusive environment, from the design of entrances to the character of teaching spaces and to provide adaptable spaces for learning to meet new and ever changing requirements for the delivery of teaching. Most fundamentally, the brief required that both moribund buildings be regenerated to provide a range of efficient, flexible, accessible and inspirational facilities to serve as the future heart of the regenerated city centre campus.