AHR SECTORS
CIVIC & COMMUNITY

UWE OPTOMETRY AND CLINIC SKILLS CENTRE

  • 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.

  • We worked in partnership with the client to understand their requirement which, in addition to creating new learning spaces, sought to enhance the student experience and improve the flow of students through the building. The project was fitted out to a clinical standard including replacement of all M&E systems and the installation of new optometry booths.
  • One of the principle objectives of the project was to enhance the sustainable features of the existing building and reduce heating and electricity consumption on site. This considered not only sustainability of build and material but of the continual use of the facility. SKA Silver rating was achieved through careful choice of materials, suppliers and waste strategy.

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