The Beatrice Shilling Building will provide a focus for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach and enterprise activities and will complement the Arup-designed ECB1, the faculty’s existing teaching block which opened in 2012, which will be linked to the new building via a new covered bridge.
The new four-storey building will a provide range of learning spaces that will include a gaming and virtual reality studio, a specialist area for 3D printing and rapid prototyping, a laser facility and physics and electronics laboratories, all designed around a full height central atrium configured to promote student and staff collaboration.
The building’s exterior will be grey brick and concrete and Andrew Goldthorpe, Associate at Broadway Malyan, said the clean and understated design approach was a response to the myriad existing styles within the university campus.
He said: “The building sits adjacent to ECB1 and the Frederick Lanchester Library, both very distinctive buildings in their own right. Our approach was to create a building that was not trying to compete with its neighbours but instead tie the different architecture together.
“The Beatrice Shilling Building will offer a different aesthetic but with a complimentary palette that offers a calming urban influence on this prominent site with a stunning interior that will deliver another world-class learning environment for the University.”