Challenging traditional science and health pedagogy
Coventry University’s new state-of-the-art Science and Health Building forms part of the creation of their new city centre Health and Life Sciences Quadrant, continuing a major investment programme to drive the University’s reputation as a centre of excellence for learning and research.
Workshops were held with all of the stakeholders, including academics and students, discussing ways in which the health and science pedagogy could be reimagined, shifting the emphasis away from the traditional cellular teaching and office space model towards a more active, more practical and ‘real life’ approach to learning.
An immersive learning experience
Highly specialised facilities have been designed to replicate the ‘patient journey’ from accident and emergency, right through to recovery. These truly interactive and flexible spaces include simulated hospital wards, complete with live actors, right through to purpose-built community houses for physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
The building is not just for training those on healthcare courses, but brings all of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences under one roof for the first time, including professional-standard laboratories and Olympic-grade fitness and sports research facilities.
The brand new Lab+ is the first industry-grade education-based laboratory of its kind in the country. Housing up to 250 students at one time, Lab+ houses the latest industry standard microscopy, haemotology and forensic testing equipment, enabling students to gain real work practical experience.
We’re incredibly happy with our ground-breaking new building. We haven’t just got a great building for today, this building will adapt with us over time providing a fitting home for some of the best students in the country, putting Coventry University firmly on the map.
Prominently located to the south of the city centre, the building provides a strong and contemporary landmark that acts as a signpost to the University’s aspirations and ambition.
Sensitively designed to complement Coventry’s surrounding urban grain and heritage, the design features a minimal material palette with handmade brick interacting with strong exposed concrete columns and soft timber wrapping. Shallow floor plates offer great flexibility for the client, with internal spaces allowing adaptability within the structural envelope. The internal circulation has been designed to enhance the interconnectivity of spaces and activities.
This is a building that has been designed ‘from the inside out’,
driven by the needs of its users and how collaboration between spaces can be maximised.