AECOM Secures University of Exeter’s North Park Project

Global infrastructure services firm AECOM has been selected to design a new world-class learning and research building for the University of Exeter, in partnership with Hopkins Architects. The AECOM and Hopkins team has won a design competition for Project North Park, the University’s new flagship research and teaching facility that is scheduled to open in 2022.


Project North Park is one of the largest investments made by the University over the past ten years. Located on its Streatham Campus, the purpose-built facility will bring together students and leading academics from the sciences, humanities and social sciences.


The building’s flexible design will facilitate collaboration and innovation across the University’s diverse disciplines to help deliver its planned growth in research and teaching. As well as providing a working environment of the highest quality, the new building will encourage engagement with international, national and regional audiences and communities in support of the University’s global ambition.


Mike Shore-Nye, Registrar and Secretary at the University of Exeter, said: “We are delighted to announce that we will be working with AECOM, partnered with Hopkins Architects, to help us deliver a world class research and teaching building that will support the University’s ambition to be a UK top 10 and global top 100 leader.”


Chris Taylor, Buildings + Places Regional Lead – AECOM, said: “Our design for Project North Park captures the University of Exeter’s ambition to enhance its global research reputation. The new facility will be a dynamic, state-of-the-art learning space that will not only help attract and retain the best researchers and students, but also provide opportunities for engagement with wider partners and stakeholders. This will be a really exciting project to deliver over the coming four years.”


AECOM teams in Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Southampton, Cambridge and London will deliver the project, providing a range of multidisciplinary design services. The win builds on AECOM’s recent appointment to design new academic teaching space and a student village for the University of Bristol.

University of Exeter aerial view showing site boundary