Architects: Bond Bryan Architects
Bond Bryan Director: Geoff Halliwell
Bond Bryan Concept Designer: Matt Hutton
Project Manager: BBBS
Services Engineer: SDA
Civil/Structural Engineer: Arup and Eastwood and Partners
Construction Value: £46 million (approx)
Completion Date: 2018
Gross Internal Floor Area: 12,000 sqm
The project creates a dynamic social and research collaboration space between the two oldest buildings in the University’s estate. Via the insertion of a glazed quadruple height atrium between the Grade II listed Mappin Building and the 1885 Central wing, the project creates large areas of new highly serviced laboratories, office space and social space whilst improving faculty connectivity.
Proposals to connect the heart-space with Portobello Street will provide a new destination on the pedestrian route that links a range of University campus facilities including the Students’ Union, the Information Commons Learning Centre and University tram stop. This then offers an alternative to the congested main Mappin Building entrance to the faculty. These changes will support a projected significant growth in student numbers over the next 12 years.