This flexible facility for teaching, learning and research will enable the co-location of a number of disparate groups (subjects allied to Health, Life Sciences, Computing and Engineering) to share a more collaborative and stimulating environment.
The project will require the demolition of existing buildings and the construction of new accommodation directly alongside facilities that will remain operational throughout. We have led the multi-stakeholder consultation dialogue as well as being the design team lead.
A critical component of the proposal is providing space for outreach. A highly flexible space is provided at street level that passers-by can see into. A ‘shop window’ for the facility, this space can be used as a lab space for visiting schoolchildren, as teaching space or for events and exhibitions. This scheme forms the next step in the long term, campus- wide programme of redevelopment that we set out with the University in 2007.
The project is due to start on site in early 2017 for completion by the start of the academic year 2018/19.