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The previous 1970s building has been thoroughly modernised with a new glass frontage

Stars align for Teesside's Orion Building

Teesside University's £30 million campus redevelopment continues as the latest in a series of designs are completed

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | February 16, 2016 | Facilities

The Middlesbrough Campus’ Orion building has been transformed into a £6 million, three-storey, glass fronted centre for state-of-the-art science and engineering studies. The building has been equipped with the latest industry-standard equipment to provide an immersive learning experience. The new facilities include a flight simulation laboratory, jet engine testing room and process control facility.

Nick Gregory, director at CPMG architects said: “The brief set by the university outlined a need to transform the Orion building, creating a modern extension suitable for the integration of state-of-the-art laboratories, flexible teaching spaces and student learning spaces, exhibition zones and laboratory viewing areas.

“Also crucial to the university’s plans was the creation of a clear route through to the existing heart of the building – regenerating the building’s pathways as well as incorporating modern STEM facilities.

ABOVE: The inside space has been transformed to allow for flexible student study spaces

“In terms of the exterior, the glass frontage faces the site entrance and creates a dramatic statement within the campus’ landscape, reflecting the importance of the school within the university.”

Malcolm Page, chief operating officer at Teesside University, added: “This is another significant development which will enhance the student experience. We are committed to providing students with the best learning environment to enable them to flourish and the fantastic new facilities on offer here will give them a realistic insight into what it is like to work in industry. 

“The university has a proud record of producing graduates with exceptional technical and innovation skills and this new development will help to ensure that our students and graduates are equipped to become the science and engineering leaders of the future.”

CPMG’s designs also incorporated manufacturing, power engineering and aerospace engineering laboratories designed to the highest specification – with the inclusion of enough space to house a full size aircraft for physical and load testing. 

Teesside University also stressed the need to build on its existing facilities in electron microscopy, x-ray, spectroscopic and thermal analysis testing, outlining the need for newly-refurbished laboratories to be modernised to the highest industry standards.

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