Ainsley Gommon Architects


Deeside College


Northop near Mold, Flintshire



Date Completed

Spring 2010

Development Overview

The feasibility study included masterplan proposals for Northop College to identify the possible phased development of the campus over a 25 year period.

Known as the Welsh College of Horticulture until 2009, the campus merged with Deeside College and was renamed the Northop College campus. Set in 225 acres of scenic grounds overlooking the Dee Estuary, the campus developed over the last 50 years to provide a range of environments and land use, including ancient woodlands, wood plantations, ornamental gardens, glasshouses, areas for landscape practical work and a comprehensive Equine Centre.

Following the merger, the College looked to identify future investment potential and a masterplan was produced which split the campus into five main areas of development. As part of the proposals, a detailed masterplan was produced for the Upper campus area which looked to unify the existing buildings with new landscaping proposals whilst identify potential new ‘showcase’ teaching buildings.