The new development will serve as a showcase building at the main entrance to the site, representing the ethos of the University and embodying the functionality of the surroundings. The building denotes a transition between research and making, science and engineering, whilst also relating to the proposals for the courtyard to the west, which will be used as a shared amenity.
Rigorous logical principles are emphasised throughout the design. To achieve this, the building is divided into three distinct but connected areas through a linked atrium; a research office building, a laboratory and a workshop building. The integration of sustainable technologies, including the thermal solar collector and photovoltaic panels, are significant in minimising the building’s greenhouse gas emissions and impact on the local and global environment, with the building envisaged to achieve the rating of BREEAM Excellent.
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