Fresh faculties

Atkins is working on a range of higher education projects of over £250m in construction value

Design and engineering consultancy Atkins is working on higher education projects across the UK, totalling over £250m in construction value.

A portfolio of projects for Bournemouth University includes a new £22m landmark building to provide specialist facilities for two of the university’s internationally renowned faculties – the Faculty of Media and Communication and the Faculty of Science and Technology. This project, won through a limited design competition, is known as the Poole Gateway Fusion Building. The Gateway Building will house state of the art facilities on a series of tiered floors, including: TV and film studios, audio editing, media production spaces, green screen and motion capture suites, as well as a suite of animation studios. It will also form a new visual gateway to the university’s Talbot Campus and its parkland setting, with high-quality landscaping reinforcing the entrance to the campus and the east-west link.

An artist’s impression of the second floor atrium at Bournemouth

A new £40m academic building will provide a new home for Bournemouth’s Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, and wider services to support the implementation of the University’s development masterplan, including space planning of existing buildings, landscaping, infrastructure (road and transport interchanges) and facilities management overview.

The ground floor atrium

Atkins has also been appointed to a £23m scheme to design a new School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Wolverhampton. The project is part of the University’s multi-million plans to transform the site of a former brewery into a centre of excellence for the Built Environment. Commissioned under the HCA (Homes and Communities Agency) framework, Atkins will provide the University of Wolverhampton with a multidisciplinary team including architects and civil and structural engineers, with Faithful + Gould providing project management and quantity surveying.