AHR has won two contracts with the University of the West of England to deliver key refurbishment projects at Glenside Campus for the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences.
AHR has delivered an interior refit for the former Traders restaurant, as well as delivering the conversion of the site’s former Grade II listed laundry building into modern clinical skills and practical learning spaces.
The Glenside Hub fit-out has seen AHR remodel the area into a café, dining and social learning destination, which was completed in time for the new academic year.
AHR is also behind the £4.9m transformation of the former laundry site, a large industrial space which is currently unused by the University. This project will involve re-modelling, renovation and fit-out works to create a modern facility that retains heritage features.
AHR is using scan to BIM and point cloud technology for both projects, drawing on its expertise in data and geomatics to present the client with fully accurate 3D digital representations to take advantage of the possibilities this technology offers.
Building 3D models can assist universities and other HE providers to build a comprehensive digital plan of their estate, enabling them to make the most of their assets and support decision-making within estate management.
Gary Overton, AHR Director, said: “The Glenside Campus is a first-class centre of excellence for clinical skills and we are proud that our work is playing a part in helping to develop young medical professionals.
“AHR has a strong relationship with the University of the West of England, having previously delivered a number of design and fit-out projects. This includes previous projects on the Glenside campus such as the creation of the Child simulation suite a modern Skills and Simulation Centre, which mimics a real hospital ward and is a fantastic facility for the students.
“It was important for us to develop an understanding of how students and teachers use the campus, and where their needs and priorities lie, in order to create optimal learning and social facilities.
“We have been able to draw on the wide range of skill sets from across the business, demonstrating our capabilities as a leading full service architect and building consultancy practice.”
Lee McDougall, Director of In-House 3D Laser Scanning at AHR, added: “The laundry project is particularly interesting for us. Advanced modelling for historic and heritage buildings is becoming essential due to the added curves, surfaces and intricacies in older buildings such as this. It gives the client a much better understanding of the design proposals and creates a much more interactive and collaborative process.
“3D models also hold significant benefits for architects and surveyors, including improved cost analysis, easier computation of materials, reduced design risk and improved Health and Safety.”
AHR will be engaging with students from the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment throughout the laundry redevelopment, providing information on the research and design behind the scheme, which is expected to complete in September 2018.
When complete, the project will radically transform the way the University delivers clinical skills training and optometry.
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