THE NEW FACULTY BUILDING OCCUPIES A PRIME SITE ON THE UNIVERSITY'S CLAVERTON DOWN CAMPUS. THE BUILDING WILL PROVIDE A PURPOSE BUILT FACULTY FOR ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE. LOCATED WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE EXISTING DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE AND CIVIL ENGINEERING, THE PROJECT WILL ENHANCE THE SOUTH EAST CORNER OF THE CAMPUS BY CREATING A NEW EDGE TO THE EXTENSIVE PARKLAND TO THE SOUTH. THE STACKED FORM OF THE STUDIOS AND THE NARROW LINEAR SITE PRESENTED AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEFINE THE NORTH EDGE OF THE UNIVERSITY PARKLAND WITH A BUILDING THAT CREATES INTEREST WITH SIMPLE PROPORTION AND RHYTHM ENHANCED BY STRONG SHADOWS.
The building provides three double height design studios supported by group critique spaces embracing the faculty’s ethos for cross discipline integration between architecture and engineering. Accommodation also includes a postgraduate and postdoctoral research hub, a 3D printing workshop and academic offices. A ground floor gallery will double as a vibrant social learning destination for students. Additional office accommodation and meeting spaces will be occupied by the University’s Computing Services department.
The solution utilises a simple pattern of precast concrete frame elements repeated across a bronze aluminium clad structure. The repetition of the expressed frame creates a cohesive backdrop to the parkland setting. A new enhanced student route is created along the edge of the parkland. At ground floor along this route the building is predominately glazed with views into the gallery and exhibition spaces.
AHR appointed as architect to advance Chester Northgate