2018 saw the completion of the business school and growth hub’s new flagship building on the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls campus, close to the city centre.
The £16m addition to the campus was constructed by Willmott Dixon, with Austin-Smith:Lord the architectural practice leading the design team. Vision 2000 is the Cwmbran-based fabricator which manufactured and installed the package of Technal systems, including doors and windows.
A triple-height atrium forms a light-filled, central multifunctional gathering space. It links the key spaces of the building, including reception, external terrace and café.
The building also features lines of clerestory windows atop each elevation, providing a number of opening lights for natural ventilation. Curtain wall screens at first and second floor level carry solar shading.
The project is being delivered to BIM Level 2, and is set to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating. The recyclability of aluminium fenestration systems, the creation of natural ventilation within a highly insulated envelope, plus heat recovery, all contribute to this score.