The Yard, University of Roehampton London 2011–2012
The Yard is an experimental brick court and is the first built phase of our masterplan for the University. It replaces a former trades yard and workshops. The existing Digby Stuart College chapel, and a café and shop open onto this new public space.

‘Beyond the initial sense of unity and coherence lie a variety of details that carefully articulate and suggest how the space may be used.’ Hugh Strange, 2013

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    The Yard gives a clear physical indication of the approach and philosophy informing the wider masterplan, making sense of the incremental and piecemeal additions that have been made to the campus over the years
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    The Yard refers to the type of working yard often found nearby the stable blocks of grand houses
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    The scheme incorporates the garden wall of James Wyatt's grade II listed Grove House and historic garden
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    The new works have been completed almost entirely in brick, lending a consistent material expression to the space and presenting an essay in the use of brickwork
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    The historic garden wall was reduced in height, repointed and limewashed and then stabilised with new brick buttresses
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    The perimeter of the Yard incorporates various elements that invite a use, here a niche bench built into the wall
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    A new external link cut through the Newman Building links Froebel and Digby Stuart Colleges
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    Here, looking south to the Yard from the Newman Link
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    Water struck, these unusual bricks are 210mm x 48mm x 70mm, and when fired turn purple, silver, brown and red. The sheer weight of the masonry is revealed by the load-bearing Flemish-bond bench walls


  • Appointment: 2017
  • Construction start: 2011
  • Completion: 2012
  • Area: 5186m2
  • Budget: £1.1m
  • Form of contract: Traditional
  • Client: University of Roehampton
  • Contractor: Exel
  • Services Engineer: Michael Popper Associates
  • Structural Engineer: Techniker
  • Quantity Surveyor: Hother Associates
  • Lighting Consultant: CSG


  • Brick 14 (Callwey, May 2014), pp.242–245
  • ‘Courtyard Design in London’, in: Detail - Materials & Finshes, English Edition (January 2014), pp.21–23
  • Hinge (Hong Kong) Jan 14 (January 2014), pp.76–81
  • ‘Courtyard Design in London’, in: Detail - Materials & Finshes (November 2013), pp.31–33
  • ‘First Person’, in: Brick Bulletin, Summer 2013 (2013), pp.4–5
  • New London 2013-2014 (July 2013), p.84
  • Hugh Strange, ‘Technical Flooring’, in: Building Design (10 May 2013), pp.18–199
  • World Architecture (China) (January 2013), pp.78–81
  • ‘Brick Awards’, in: Brick Bulletin, Winter 2012 (2012), pp.8–9
  • ‘Planning: Competitive Edge’, in: Architecture Today (October 2012), pp.48–49
  • Topos: The World of Landscape Architecture (October 2012), p.10


  • New London Awards, Public Space Category, (Shortlisted) 2013
  • Brick Award, Best Outdoor Space, 2012
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