The Wave

Building of a world-class Social Sciences facility to enhance the student experience and encourage interdisciplinary research started in May 2019 and completed in December 2022.

A one minute flythrough video of the almost completed new Social Sciences buildings - showing both internal and external features


This home for the Faculty of Social Sciences, now named The Wave, provides an improved learning environment for students through its new collaborative teaching and social spaces, and offers a wide range of disciplines under the same roof for the first time. The building has also become a research hub, bringing together cross-cutting research centres to address key global challenges.

The building has been designed by HLM Architects with sustainability at its core. Ground source heat pumps have been installed to maximise the opportunity created by thermal warmth, and provide cooling in the summer. 

Green space, which is open to the public as well as students and staff, is part of the development, providing an improved local environment.  Wave Kitchen, located on the ground floor is a daytime cafe that is also open to all - opening times can be accessed here.

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Project Manager

Richard Parr, Department of Estates and Facilities Management