Solent University

Solent University

Southampton

Solent University

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The Brief

We developed the vision and design for this new academic hub to showcase excellence in learning, teaching, innovation and student achievement. The transformational development provides a ‘mixed economy’ of teaching and learning spaces and replaces all centrally timetabled general teaching accommodation on the campus.

Concept

We arranged accommodation over six storeys around an impressive full-height atrium which unifies the new and existing facilities, functions as a major arrival space and is a venue for major events. Using the topography of the site we designed lecture theatres below the entrance level.

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Features

We created a ‘Solent Red’ pod at the centre of the atrium and a HD digital media wall at the far eastern end. We developed the brief and design working in close collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, resulting in a transformational development that informs, reinforces and embodies the University’s strategy, vision and brand. The Spark is highly accessible, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated and key construction elements were prefabricated off-site.

Reinforcing Solent’s commitment to equality and access, The Spark has the largest proportion of agile spaces and furniture compared to others within the sector.

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