Following the establishment of a Development Framework by the UK firm, and a successful design competition entry, the third phase of the St. George’s Campus redevelopment marks the culmination of Bond Bryan’s work with the Faculty of Engineering.
Sitting beneath an undulating glass roof structure, the Engineering Heartspace will provide a unique space for the entire faculty. Inserted between the Grade II listed Mappin Building and the 1885 Central Wing, the four-storey atrium will house new laboratories, offices and a café. It will also feature a ‘collaboration space’ for students and staff from different departments.
The design of the project responds to both the historical heritage of the site and the ambition of the faculty, with the contemporary curved roof acting as a contrast to the formal brick buildings. The project also takes visual cues from the Mappin Building’s original “Star of David” ventilation outlets with its own interlocking triangular glass and solid roof panels.
Matt Hutton, associate director and the project's concept designer said, "We believe that the honesty, of having a highly-engineered roof adjacent to the historic brick walls and slate roofs of the existing buildings, is about celebrating the engineering of both the past and the present, inviting the building user to look at both in more detail. This surely is what renovation and conservation is about, engaging with the user and the wider public, bringing these buildings back to prominence."
The Heartspace development will provide the University with a total gross internal floor area of around 12,400 sq-m of combined new build, refurbished and reconfigured existing space, and work is expected to commence in 2017.