by Elise Billings-Evans


Elise Billings-Evans



MArch Architecture

Peat Gate Campus is part of the Yorkshire Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences University. It takes over a grouse-shooting estate, and uses the sales of carbon offsets to restore the peatlands, turning them from a carbon source to a carbon sink. The buildings are built on areas of bedrock or existing mining ruins to minimise the impact on the delicate peatland landscape. The students at the university then will be studying the peat that surrounds them and will be learning from their carbon storing properties. The architecture reflects the layered history of the site, encorporating the stone from the mining ruins at the base, with charred timber and clay tiles depicting the burning of the peatlands for grouse-shooting, then a vibrant and colourful structure rises from the remnants of the past.