Graze Catering Hub photo

Project Background

A New Catering Hub with Flexible Learning and Conference Facilities

Hartpury University and Hartpury College required a new catering facility to match their teaching accolades. A new location was chosen to build the modern catering facility. This enables the original catering area to be used for a new University Learning Hub development.

The new catering facility was completed for the start of the new academic year. The facility opened with a ’soft opening’ allowing the catering staff occupation to enable them to practice on their new equipment in their new kitchen environment, prior to student return.

  • Atruium of Graze Catering Hub
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  • Graze Sign looking into the seating at the Graze Catering Hub
  • Black sign peeking out from a green plant - sign says 'Hello Grazers'
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  • Inside photo of Graze Catering Hub - read sofas and wooden tables and wooden chairs
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  • Graze teaching room signage
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  • Graze Catering Hub underconstruction photo
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  • CGI of University Learning Hub at night

This stunning building will inevitably become an integral part of student life at Hartpury given its hugely dynamic range of functions. From the catering facilities right through to the impressive flexible teaching and conference spaces, Graze will be a lively hub for students, staff and visitors to gather, socialise, dine, learn and network.

Professor Andy Collop

Hartpury Vice-Chancellor, Principal and CEO

Our role in the project

Vitruvius Led through the whole project duration - from pre-construction to handover

Consistency in a Strategic Construction Partner

Vitruvius led the project from the initial strategic definition of the project through to handover (RIBA stages 0-6).

The customer appreciated having a strategic partner for management through all the stages of the construction journey, from strategic definition, preparing of the client brief, design and contractor procurement to construction and handover.


Vitruvius as Project Lead Entailed:

  • Strategic definition of the brief with the Hartpury Graze working team
  • Preparing the project brief
  • Managing the competitive tender process for potential contractors for the project, design and main contractor
  • Appointing a catering specialist to ensure the specification met the client requirements
  • Preparing the contractors contracts
  • Monthly contract meetings, project managing the works and regularly visiting the site
  • Negotiating the contract sum with the contractor and providing monthly valuations and payment recommendations to the client
  • Handover and snagging


An All Gloucestershire Team

Roberts Limbrick designed the beautiful Curved glazed Graze, incorporating the key sustainable features, including photovoltaics, bird, bat and hedgehog boxes.



Main building contractor was Barnwood, overcoming many COVID and Brexit related issues relating to suppliers and subcontractor teams.


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