Southampton Solent University teaching building starts onsite
Southampton Solent University’s new £21.5m teaching building designed by Scott Brownrigg is now on site. Due to complete in December 2015, the new 9,250 sq m, 7-storey building will connect to the existing Millais Building.
Conceived as an academic hub to promote interdisciplinary activity and collaboration, it will enable staff and students to see and share information and their learning experiences.
It features a full height 18m x 80m atrium space uniting the new and the existing, which has been designed as a central semi-public, social learning area, as well as a major circulation space.
Within the atrium a stunning suspended pod-like structure will house an 80-seat lecture theatre and will be linked to the new and existing building via a number of bridge walkways. Designed by Scott Brownrigg, the pod is intended to reflect Southampton’s nautical heritage and the University’s forward-looking ethos. Beneath the pod, a lower atrium will lead to subterranean lecture theatres as well as lower level classrooms, kitchens, offices and a plant room.
The atrium imparts a strong sense of arrival, is a major new destination space for the University and is a fundamental part of the circulation strategy. It is also essential to the ventilation and temperature control strategy for the building. The dramatic and engaging character of the atrium is reinforced by the distinctive pod form, the amphitheatre arrangement, the open galleries, bridge walkways and sunlight entering via strategically placed roof lights.
The new building will also feature a main conference centre as well as a number of smaller conference and lecture rooms.
Creating a striking addition to the existing street-scene, it will also herald the wider regeneration of the City Centre.
The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Van Gore, said:
“This imaginative and exciting project for the University has been years in the planning and I am thrilled to see it start to take shape. It marks the University’s coming of age.”
The design team Scott Brownrigg, Arup M&E Designers, Scott White & Hookins Structural Engineers, International Fire Consultants Ltd. and Hann Tucker Associates Acoustic Engineers have been novated to the D and B contract which has been won by Interserve. the international support services and construction group.