STEM building

University of Bedfordshire

location | Park Campus, Luton  year | 2019  value | £36m  size | 6,320m2

This project is the latest in a series that we have designed for the University as a result of the Development Framework that we prepared in 2007. Currently in site and due for completion in mid 2019, the four storey building will be home to the University’s growing STEM related activities with engineering labs on the ground floor, computing at first floor, pharmaceutical teaching at second floor and life science teaching and research labs on the third floor.

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. a critical factor for the contractor team is the proximity of operational teaching and research space. Stakeholder engagement has been an integral part of the design and delivery process, weekly meetings between contractor team and academic staff maintain a clear understanding of possible impact and ensure mitigation measures are taken in a timely manner.