- Location Nottingham, United Kingdom
- Value £30 million
- Size 45,000 m²
- Client University of Nottingham
- Year 1999
This project saw a disused bicycle factory redeveloped into an inspiring academic park for 2,500 students. A serpentine lake was created following the line of the only remaining feature on the linear site - a belt of trees shielding housing. Along the lake are ranged the principal Faculty buildings, a Learning Resource Centre and a central teaching building.
A colonnade on the front of the buildings forms the pedestrian route through the site, leading from the playing fields to the main campus. It has views out over the lake and gardens, and engages with the restaurants, shops and atria meeting places at ground floor level. Above are the faculty rooms.The shape of the circular Learning Resource Centre and the conical lecture halls, proclaim their importance.
The programme and costs were tight so the construction technology is simple, the emphasis being on refinement and rationalisation of detail. The main three-storey buildings have in-situ concrete frames. The external walls are clad in prefabricated timber panels and windows. Full height sloping glass atria, supported by laminated timber beams, link the blocks.
A low-pressure drop ventilation system uses corridors and stair towers as air plenums, reducing the energy needed to circulate air. Under normal conditions specially designed cowls create adequate wind effect. During hot weather, photo-voltaic cells on the atrium roofs generate supplementary power for the fan driven ventilation.
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