THE GRADE II LISTED FORMER LAUNDRY BUILDING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND (UWE) HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO A STATE OF THE ART OPTOMETRY AND CLINICAL SKILLS CENTRE.
THE REFURBISHMENT CREATES A CONTEMPORARY, FUTURE PROOF ENVIRONMENT FOR TEACHING, RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE AND THE LARGE FLEXIBLE SPACE IS STIMULATING AND INSPIRING TO BOTH STAFF AND STUDENTS.
Integrating highly clinical learning environments with the historic features of this large industrial space provides a vibrant new centre for trainee paramedics, occupational therapy students, nurses and undergraduates studying UWE’s new BSc (Hons) Optometry programme.
Much of the original architecture was retained and utilised in the new design, such as the iron truss structure and lofty double height spaces. Existing steel hoists also feature in the design and the full length roof lanterns are sympathetic with the originals while providing solar control and enhanced thermal performance.
Low level partitions allow the spaces to feel more intimate without compromising versatility or losing the sense of scale. The use of full light to flood into the spaces creates a dynamic teaching environment while supporting sustainability targets.