We were asked to provide multiple meeting spaces in a single building to fit in to a tight disused space on a university campus. The initial brief was to provide six – eight self contained meeting / study spaces linked to the main university building with a full package of services to a turnkey finish.
The project aimed to make use of an abandoned corner of the campus, taking up a tight space between existing buildings and walls. Other areas of the university looked directly in to the new meeting building so a bespoke building to fit both dimensionally and aesthetically was critical for the project.
The brief required meeting spaces to allow for up to 8 people and with the high sided walls to every side of the proposed site, the logistics of the construction were critical. The layout of the site also required careful attention to the design of the building to ensure that the finished spaces were not overshadowed by their surroundings and could deliver natural light to all areas.
For the logistical challenges of the site, the solution was to manufacture off site and deliver the modules complete for site connections. This offered the additional benefit of significantly reducing the time on site to enable the surrounding area of the campus to function throughout the project.
Each of the eight meeting and study spaces features desk level windows and on the interior a central glazed corridor passes light to every room. The full height glazed doors to the end of the corridor provides the exterior access and a further view to the outdoors with additional daylight gains.
We worked collaboratively with Atkins Global on planning the interior finishes to ensure that every one of the eight meeting rooms had sufficient working space and every aspect of the M&E was in place for the IT specification. Every aspect of the interior finish was designed to complement the surroundings and provide the perfect, productive work place.