We began work with the University of Gloucestershire in 1998 with a commission to produce a masterplan for a new campus on a 15 acre brownfield site on the edge of the city centre. Its educational hub comprises a Learning Centre, a Sports Science Faculty and housing for 175 students, provided by a series of four storey linked villas.
The Learning Centre provides space for 300 computer workstations, a series of flexible teaching spaces and a lecture theatre for 200 people. The Sports Science Building contains laboratories, teaching spaces and a large sports hall for teaching, training and competitive events.
Issues of sustainability were prioritised in the design of the new buildings. The ‘waveform’ roof of the Sports Science Building admits north light to reduce artificial lighting loads and its south-facing roof slopes are clad with photovoltaic cells.