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Design revealed for innovative new building at the University of Exeter

5 June 2023

Design Engine are pleased to share proposals for a new project on the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus. 

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The proposed Al Qasimi Building sits adjacent to the University’s existing Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) and we are working with the university to create new spaces over five floors that will enhance Exeter’s international reputation in Area Studies, its work in culture, languages and heritage. The new facilities will consolidate academics and students from across Exeter’s three faculties, with a particular research focus on the Middle East region and the Global South.  

New spaces that encourage collaborative research will foster interdisciplinary studies related to climate and environmental management; peace, mediation and stabilisation; and health and wellbeing in the Arabian Gulf and beyond.

The Al Qasimi Building will also be a new focal point for Exeter’s student community.  It will provide an inclusive space for all students to gather, interact and learn in a setting that celebrates diversity, interconnectivity and sustainability.  

Once constructed, the Al Qasimi Building will be one of the finest buildings to be found on any university campus…

Professor Lisa Roberts, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter

Central to the plans are the use and restoration of the listed walled gardens between the IAIS and the historic Reed Hall, and the recreation of a ‘lost’ paradise garden. The building will provide panoramic views west across the campus to the Whitcombe Way Valley Park and Exwick Woods beyond. It will be designed to a low carbon construction standard and achieve Passivhaus certification requirements. 

The design team is currently working with the University of Exeter to develop the scheme for planning approval next year with an anticipated completion targeted for 2027.